Employee engagement: do practitioners care what academics have to say – and should they?

Bailey, Catherine (2016) Employee engagement: do practitioners care what academics have to say – and should they? Human Resource Management Review. ISSN 1053-4822

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Abstract

Securing high levels of employee engagement has become a dominant concern for HR practitioners globally, and a lucrative survey and consultancy industry has grown up around the topic. Despite significant parallel interest within the scholarly community, it is questionable whether research published in peer-reviewed journals has had any impact on the practice of engagement. The divergent perspectives of academics and practitioners on engagement are explored within the wider context of evidence-based management and the ‘rigor – relevance’ debate, alongside consideration of the risks of presupposing a simplified binary divide between the two communities. Some suggestions for strategies aimed at creating a stronger connection between the interests of practitioners and those of academics are proposed, whilst bearing in mind academia’s broader and more critical remit.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Depositing User: Katie Bailey
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2015 09:56
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2017 23:34
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/58786

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