It’s not just action but also about reflection: Taking stock of agency research to develop a future research agenda

Giles Hirst, Gillian Yeo, Nicole Celestine, Shen Yang Lin, Alex Richardson

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Abstract

Agency is the human capability to exert influence over one’s actions and environment, such as through forethought, self-regulation and self-reflection. We focus on six prominent agency constructs, including goal orientation, regulatory focus, proactivity, fear of failure, core self-evaluations and psychological capital, and review what we have learned from each construct. By adopting an overarching multidisciplinary perspective, we identify key research agendas for the six prominent constructs: (1) incorporating self-reflection into research on agentic disposition; (2) how agency dispositions equip employees for workplaces of the futures, yet also how such behaviours may challenge societal and corporate mechanisms of control; and (3) well-being and health-related consequences of agency. In addition, we highlight the importance of understanding the interface between agency scholarship and developments in technology, medicine and sociology. JEL Classification: M10, M14

Original languageEnglish
JournalAustralian Journal of Management
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 May 2020

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