Work and organisation engagement: aligning research and practice

Purpose – To date, work engagement has been the domain of academics whilst organisation engagement has been the focus of practice. The purpose of this paper is to address the growing divide by exploring the construct clarity and discriminant validity of work and organisation engagement simultaneously, providing insight into how these constructs relate empirically, as well as investigating the nomological network of each. Design/methodology/approach – Empirical data were collected through online surveys from 298 employees in two multinational companies. Respondents were primarily managerial and professional employees. The survey included measures of work and organisation engagement, as well as work outcomes and organisation performance. Findings – The findings indicate that work and organisation engagement are distinct constructs, and have differential relationships with important employee outcomes (commitment, organisational citizenship behaviour, initiative, active learning, job satisfaction), and organisational performance. Practical implications – The findings provide opportunities for practitioners to explore the potentially unique ways in which different types of engagement may add value to jobs and organisations. Originality/value – The study takes important steps in bridging the academic/practitioner divide: the paper clearly demonstrates how the two concepts of work and organisation engagement relate to and complement each other as useful constructs for research and practice.

The version of record is available at The full citation is as follows: [Work and organisation engagement: aligning research and practice. Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance 1, 2 p157-176 (2014)]. 'This author accepted manuscript is deposited under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC) licence. This means that anyone may distribute, adapt, and build upon the work for non-commercial purposes, subject to full attribution. If you wish to use this manuscript for commercial purposes, please contact'



Work Title Work and organisation engagement: aligning research and practice
Open Access
  1. Elaine Farndale
  2. Susanne E. Beijer
  3. Marc J.P.M. Van Veldhoven
  4. Clare Kelliher
  5. Veronica Hope-Hailey
  1. Engagement
  2. Commitment
  3. Organisational performance
  4. Organisational citizenship behaviour
  5. Initiative
  6. Active learning
  7. Job satisfaction
License CC BY-NC 4.0 (Attribution-NonCommercial)
Work Type Article
  1. Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance
Publication Date May 27, 2014
Publisher Identifier (DOI)
Deposited September 12, 2023




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  • Created
  • Added Author_accepted_JOEPP_engagement.pdf
  • Added Creator Elaine Farndale
  • Added Creator Susanne E. Beijer
  • Added Creator Marc J.P.M. Van Veldhoven
  • Added Creator Clare Kelliher
  • Added Creator Veronica Hope-Hailey
  • Published
  • Updated Keyword Show Changes
    • Engagement, Commitment, Organisational performance, Organisational citizenship behaviour, Initiative, Active learning, Job satisfaction
  • Updated Publisher Show Changes
    • Journal of Organizational Effectiveness
    • Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance
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