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A psychometric analysis of the Utrecht Work Engagement Scale in Indian banking sector

Remya Lathabhavan (Department of Management Studies, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, India)
Senthil Arasu Balasubramanian (Department of Management Studies, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, India)
Thamaraiselvan Natarajan (Department of Management Studies, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, India)

Industrial and Commercial Training

ISSN: 0019-7858

Article publication date: 12 October 2017

Issue publication date: 15 November 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to study the psychometric properties of different versions of Utrecht Work Engagement Scale (UWES) in the Indian context in terms of factorial validity, scale reliability, descriptive statistics and construct validity.

Design/methodology/approach

The data collected through a cross-sectional survey among 467 women employees from banking sector in India and structural equation modeling has been performed for the analysis.

Findings

Confirmatory factor analysis revealed a better fit for the three-factor model of UWES-9 than the other versions. Work engagement is positively related to in-role performance and negatively related to turnover intention.

Research limitations/implications

The study recommends further longitudinal studies in this area.

Practical implications

More studies and practical investigations can be conducted in organizations, academics and societies since the current study explored the appropriate version of UWES in the Indian context.

Originality/value

This is a key study which analyses psychometric properties of UWES in Indian banking sector by considering all its versions.

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Citation

Lathabhavan, R., Balasubramanian, S.A. and Natarajan, T. (2017), "A psychometric analysis of the Utrecht Work Engagement Scale in Indian banking sector", Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 49 No. 6, pp. 296-302. https://doi.org/10.1108/ICT-04-2017-0031

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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