Psychological Conditions of Personal Engagement and Disengagement at Work

  title={Psychological Conditions of Personal Engagement and Disengagement at Work},
  author={William A. Kahn},
  journal={Academy of Management Journal},
  • William A. Kahn
  • Published 1 December 1990
  • Psychology
  • Academy of Management Journal
This study began with the premise that people can use varying degrees of their selves, physically, cognitively, and emotionally, in work role performances, which has implications for both their work and experiences. Two qualitative, theory-generating studies of summer camp counselors and members of an architecture firm were conducted to explore the conditions at work in which people personally engage, or express and employ their personal selves, and disengage, or withdraw and defend their… 

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