Where does positive engagement come from? Employee perceptions of success at work in Nokia

Salla Katriina Karima, Satu Uusiautti

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Global business environment, characterised by rapid changes and uncertainty, brings new requirements to individuals and organisations to understand various factors behind the success; they are meaningful for companies' competitiveness and employee's engagement. This study concentrated on employees who have been selected in the High Potential and International Graduate Trainee programs in Nokia. First, research participants (N = 15) wrote empathy-based stories (EMBS), which was followed by semi-structured theme interviews (SSI) for selected employees (N = 6). Positive attitudes and engagement were prerequisites for success. Likewise, having the ability to lead own development and learning were seen essential. It is crucial for organisations to understand factors connected to positive work engagement and the role of positive emotions at work. This study strengthened the understanding that engaged employees perceive their work positively and are proactive and motivated to continuously look for new challenges.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)224-242
JournalInternational Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
MoEC publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Multimethod case study
  • Positive emotions
  • Positive engagement
  • Positive psychology
  • Success at work
  • Work motivation

Field of science

  • General education


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