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The effect of motivational orientation on work meaning

Riel, R. van (2015) The effect of motivational orientation on work meaning.

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Abstract:This study aimed to explore the effect of motivational orientation on the experience of work meaning, while taking into account the related constructs life meaning and happiness. Through a questionnaire, based on several existing scales, among the working population (n=151) several hypotheses were tested. The results showed that an intrinsic motivational orientation has a positive effect on work meaning whereas an extrinsic motivational orientation does not. However, a certain degree of extrinsic motivation was found to be necessary for an intrinsic motivational orientation to have a positive effect on work meaning. This moderating effect, together with the absence of a correlation between intrinsic and extrinsic motivational orientation, shed light on the complicated relationship between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. Additionally, to further investigate this relationship a fourfold typology was made based on the height of the intrinsic and extrinsic motivational orientation scores. It was found that happiness benefits most from an intrinsic motivational orientation while life meaning benefits most from a combination of both orientations.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies
Programme:Communication Studies MSc (60713)
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