A1 Journal article (refereed)
Acting Agentically at Work : Developing a Short Measure of Professional Agency (2022)

Vähäsantanen, K., Räikkönen, E., Paloniemi, S., & Hökkä, P. (2022). Acting Agentically at Work : Developing a Short Measure of Professional Agency. Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, 12(1), 49-69. https://doi.org/10.18291/njwls.127869

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All authors or editorsVähäsantanen, Katja; Räikkönen, Eija; Paloniemi, Susanna; Hökkä, Päivi

Journal or seriesNordic Journal of Working Life Studies


Publication year2022

Publication date01/07/2021


Issue number1

Pages range49-69

PublisherRoyal Danish Library

Publication countryDenmark

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessOpen Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/77001


Although professional agency has become an increasingly crucial issue in work organizations, investigators lack a brief instrument to measure it. This paper introduces a short measure to explore professional agency at work. Our aim was to shorten the original 17-item Professional Agency Measure, while also exploring its usability for cross-validating questionnaire datasets, and investigating the relationship between professional agency and work engagement. Three dimensions of professional agency emerged, with three items per dimension, across the domains of healthcare, real estate services, and information technology (all within Finland). All the dimensions (Influencing at work, Participation at work, and Negotiating professional identity) showed good reliability. The results further revealed that these dimensions of agency are distinct from, but closely and positively linked to work engagement. In particular, our research offers a reliable, short measure of professional agency that is relevant across professional domains in the Nordic context.

Keywordsworking lifeprofessional skillshuman agencyidentity (mental objects)professional identitywell-being at workinnovativenessproductivityorganisational cultureparticipationcommitting oneself

Free keywordshealth; working environment; wellbeing; learning; competencies; innovation; productivity; identity; meaning; culture; organization; management

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2022

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