Understanding A.N. Leontiev's Activity Theory: Y. Engestrom and His Works



This material precedes the article by D. Bakhurst «On the Evolution of Activity Theory» dedicated to activity theory development in Russia and abroad and introduces the reader to Yrjo Engestrom's views on activity approach and its application to developmental studies of work. This paper gives a short biography of Y. Engestrom and a list of his main publications.

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Keywords: activity theory, Y. Engestrom, organizational psychology, mediacy, cultural-historical theory

Journal rubric: Discussions and Discourses

For citation: Vinogradova E.M., Kotliar I.A. Understanding A.N. Leontiev's Activity Theory: Y. Engestrom and His Works. Kul'turno-istoricheskaya psikhologiya = Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2006. Vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 74–78. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


  1. Vygotskii L.S. Sobr. soch.: V 6 t. T 1/ M., 1982.
  2. Engestrom Y. On the Reception and Development of
  3. Activity Theory in Scandinavia // Proceedings of the 1st International Congress on Activity Theory. Berlin, 1988.
  4. Kratkaya biografiya I. Engestrema (material s saita http://www.edu.helsinki.fi/activity/people/engestro/)
  5. Rubcov A.V. Organizacionno-psihologicheskie osnovy razrabotki novyh produktov. Voronezh, 2002.
  6. Talyzina N.F. Pervyi mezhdunarodnyi kongress po teorii deyatel'nosti // Voprosy psihologii. 1987. № 2.

Information About the Authors

Elizaveta M. Vinogradova, Postgraduate student at the International Department of Cultural-Historical Psychology, Moscow State University of psychology and education (MSUPE), Moscow, Russia, e-mail: elizavetavinogradova@yandex.ru

Inna A. Kotliar, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Research Associate, Dubna State University, Center of Applied Psychological and Pedagogical Studies, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Dubna, Russia, e-mail: iakorepanova@gmail.com



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