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 8: Engagement with perpetually deconstructed and reinvented work

John W. Boudreau


The concept of “job” engagement can be usefully extended to encompass engagement with deconstructed job elements (e.g., tasks, activities, projects, etc.). By considering engagement with these deconstructed elements, future engagement research can better examine and inform emerging systems in which job elements are perpetually deconstructed and reconstructed to reinvent work. Such work deconstruction and reinvention will accelerate due to uncertainty, automation and new work arrangements. The chapter illustrates work deconstruction using the history of bank teller jobs, then it shows how deconstructed-work engagement clarifies prior research and extends the application of prominent existing engagement theories and methods to deconstructed work elements as well as to the process of work deconstruction/reinvention.

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