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Project Information

Project Title
"The Social and Personal Antecedents of Work Engagement"

University of Utrecht - Social, Health and Organizational Psychology

PhD Student
Peikai Li

Prof.dr. T.W. Taris 1st supervisor Utrecht University
Prof.dr. M. Peeters Co-supervisor Utrecht University/TuE

1 September 2017 - 1 September 2021

grant from the Chinese Scholarship Council CSC


Work engagement is currently a key concept in work and organizational psychology. Although it has often been related to work characteristics such as job demands and job resources, the possible effects of personal factors and characteristics of the social context  have received much less attention. This project aims to  explore how certain personal and social characteristics influence employee engagement. Four studies will be conducted. The first project tests a person-situation model of work engagement, examining how dispositional variables (action-state orientation) and job demands jointly predict employee work engagement, and whether appraisal serves as a moderator of the demands-engagement relation. The second study examines the joint effects of leadership and participant characteristics (empowerment and identification, or trust) on subordinates’ work engagement. The third one takes a life-span perspective, investigating how the relationship between work engagement and work-family conflict vary across six family life stages. In this way we aim to provide a more complete understanding with regard to when and for whom differences in work engagement affect work-family conflict. The final study uses a diary design to examine whether fluctuations in daily levels of authentic leadership (AL) affect employees’ work engagement through positive social exchange and positive emotion contagion processes. 

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