Let's play: An examination of play-at-work through the lens of energy management

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This thesis contributes to our understanding of play-at-work activities' dimensionality and examines pathways to hedonic and instrumental outcomes rooted in the psychological experience of play behaviour at work. The concept of activity-based play-at-work is introduced, and findings from 122 studies are reviewed to produce a two-dimensional typology, integrated under an overarching energy-management framework. A psychometrically sound measure of play's psychological experience, playful engagement, is then developed. Finally, two empirical investigations using an experience-sampling methodology are employed to understand playful engagement's links to hedonic and instrumental outcomes in the presence of stable and malleable features of one's work design.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Yeo, Gillian, Supervisor
  • Leighton, Catherine, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date10 Feb 2021
Publication statusUnpublished - 2021


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