Antecedents and consequences of work engagement: A multilevel nomological net

Despoina Xanthopoulou, Arnold B. Bakker

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In this chapter, we review recent theorizing and empirical studies on work engagement in order to address two central issues. The first is to detect the meaning, as well as the predictors and outcomes of work engagement at the collective, individual (stable), and situational (within-person variable) levels of analysis. The second is to unravel the cross-level psychological processes and boundary conditions that explain how factors from different analytical levels interrelate in determining work engagement and its outcomes. Based on our reviews of these literatures, we find some preliminary support for a multi-level nomological network of relationships involving engagement as well as identify gaps in our understanding of the multilevel nature of work engagement that may be addressed by future studies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Research Agenda for Employee Engagement in a Changing World of Work
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781789907858
ISBN (Print)9781789907841
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021

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© John P. Meyer and Benjamin Schneider 2021.

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