Agency at Work

An Agentic Perspective on Professional Learning and Development

  • Michael Goller
  • Susanna Paloniemi

Part of the Professional and Practice-based Learning book series (PPBL, volume 20)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Michael Goller, Susanna Paloniemi
    Pages 1-14
  3. Conceptual and Theoretical Issues

  4. Empirical and Methodological Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Anne Edwards, Carmen Montecinos, Jennifer Cádiz, Paloma Jorratt, Lizette Manriquez, Carolina Rojas
      Pages 229-247
    3. Kaija Collin, Soila Lemmetty, Sanna Herranen, Susanna Paloniemi, Tommi Auvinen, Elina Riivari
      Pages 249-270
    4. Katja Vähäsantanen, Susanna Paloniemi, Päivi Kristiina Hökkä, Anneli Eteläpelto
      Pages 351-371
    5. Christine Kreuzer, Susanne Weber, Sandra Bley, Michaela Wiethe-Körprich
      Pages 373-399
    6. Crina I. Damşa, Dominik E. Froehlich, Andreas Gegenfurtner
      Pages 445-461
  5. Concluding Comments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 463-463
    2. Susanna Paloniemi, Michael Goller
      Pages 465-478
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 479-484

About this book


The present book collects, integrates, and discusses the range of perspectives and discourses on agency at work. In addition, the book compiles the empirical research that has been generated by various perspectives. The chapters deal with the relationship between (a) agency at work, and (b) professional learning and development. They encompass a wide variety of working life domains and/or contexts, and are based on a broad range of epistemological and theoretical standpoints. 

This volume is not only thought to bring together current research, but also to foster the contemporary discourse on workplace agency a few steps further. Although the book strongly focuses on research originating in the field of workplace learning, its contents may be of interest to researchers from other scientific domains, such as socio-cognitive and development psychology, organisational behaviour, leadership, economics, life-course research, and philosophy.


workplace learning professional practice work agency organisational behaviour professional agency entrepreneurship intrapreneurship agentic learning self-directedness life-course empowerment innovative work behaviour ( human agency

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Goller
    • 1
  • Susanna Paloniemi
    • 2
  1. 1.University of PaderbornPaderbornGermany
  2. 2.University of Jyväskylä JyväskyläFinland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-60942-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-60943-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2210-5549
  • Series Online ISSN 2210-5557
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