Employee engagement : the development of a three dimensional model of engagement; and an exploration of its relationship with affective leader behaviours

De Lacy, Jonnie Catherine (2009) Employee engagement : the development of a three dimensional model of engagement; and an exploration of its relationship with affective leader behaviours. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This study was designed to examine affective leader behaviours, and their impact on cognitive, affective and behavioural engagement. Researchers (e.g., Cropanzano & Mitchell, 2005; Moorman et al., 1998) have called for more research to be directed toward modelling and testing sets of relationships which better approximate the complexity associated with contemporary organisational experience. This research has attempted to do this by clarifying and defining the construct of engagement, and then by examining how each of the engagement dimensions are impacted by affective leader behaviours.
Specifically, a model was tested that identifies leader behaviour antecedents of cognitive, affective and behavioural engagement. Data was collected from five public-sector organisations. Structural equation modelling was used to identify the relationships between the engagement dimensions and leader behaviours. The results suggested that affective leader behaviours had a substantial direct impact on cognitive engagement, which in turn influenced affective engagement, which then influenced intent to stay and extra-role performance. The results indicated a directional process for engagement, but particularly highlighted the significant impact of affective leader behaviours as an antecedent to engagement. In general terms, the findings will provide a platform from which to develop a robust measure of engagement, and will be helpful to human resource practitioners interested in understanding the directional process of engagement and the importance of affective leadership as an antecedent to engagement.

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ID Code: 29977
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Irmer, Bernd
Keywords: employee engagement, leadership
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 22 Jan 2010 05:41
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2011 13:51

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