A Research Agenda for Employee Engagement in a Changing World of Work
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A Research Agenda for Employee Engagement in a Changing World of Work

Edited by John P. Meyer and Benjamin Schneider

This insightful Research Agenda presents the foundations of employee engagement, providing a framework for future research to serve as an evidence-based guide to practice. Offering an overview of contemporary engagement theory and research, it addresses important new directions for expanding our current understanding of the meaning, focus, development and outcomes of engagement. 
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Chapter 3: Antecedents and consequences of work engagement: a multilevel nomological net

Despoina Xanthopoulou and Arnold B. Bakker

Abstract

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.

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