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How employees feel at work: Relatedness Need Satisfaction within organizational context

Jorissen, J.C.M. (2019) How employees feel at work: Relatedness Need Satisfaction within organizational context.

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Abstract:Self-Determination Theory claims that employees are at their most productive and happy when their basic psychological needs are met (Deci, Connell, & Ryan, 1989). This research is aimed at gaining insight into how employees experience either frustration or support of their Relatedness Needs and how the social context of the organization plays a role in Relatedness Need Satisfaction to deepen our understanding of the social phenomenon of RNS for future use within research and Human Resource Development practice. Since current research on SDT at the workplace is mainly focused on perceived autonomy and competence (Deci, Olafsen, & Ryan, 2017) this research aims at gaining a deep understanding of employees Relatedness Need Satisfaction (RNS) and answer the question: “How do individual employees experience relatedness need satisfaction?” by a triangulation of methods. First, all team members of participating teams received a questionnaire, in order to map their individual level of RNS and the organization's social context. Second, single members of the teams participated in a semi-structured interview combined with a visual template to capture their personal experience of RNS. The data derived from this was combined and created both a broad and deep understanding of RNS within these organizations.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
Keywords:SDT at the workplace, Relatedness Need Satisfaction (RNS), Organizational context
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/78870
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