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Employee engagement: what is it, and does it matter?

Employee engagement has become a popular topic in the Human Resource Management field, but there is little agreement over what it is and what it represents.

Drawing on both academic and practitioner sources, we aim to clarify this complex topic. During this event, we will present the preliminary results from a report, which involved a review of all published sources on the subject of engagement. This highlighted the degree of bias that exists in the field and shows the gaps in knowledge and unanswered questions that remain.

About the speaker

Katie Bailey was formerly at the University of Kent where she was Head of Kent Business School at Medway and Head of the People, Management and Organisation subject group.

She has written or co-authored over 180 articles, papers, books and reports on topics including 'Employee Engagement in Theory and Practice' (Routledge, 2014) and 'Strategic Human Resource Management' (OUP, 2012).

Katie’s research has been funded by grants of over £900,000 from the Economic and Social Research Council, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, National Institute for Healthcare Research (NIHR) and industry. Since 2006, she has led a number of research projects focusing on employee engagement and she has just completed an evidence synthesis on the topic which will be published by the NIHR in 2015.

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