Finding Workable Levers Over Work Motivation: Comparing Job Satisfaction, Job Involvement and Organizational Commitment
Donald P. Moynihan
University of Wisconsin - Madison - Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Sanjay K. Pandey
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - School of Public Affairs and Administration
La Follette School Working Paper No. 2007-003
Administration and Society, Forthcoming
This article draws on a sample of state government health and human service managers to develop and test a model of work motivation. We examine the effect of individual attributes, job characteristics, and organizational variables on three aspects of work motivation: job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and job involvement. We find that managers have varying degrees of influence over these different aspects of work motivation, with greatest influence over job satisfaction and least influence over job involvement. A number of variables are important for work motivation, including public service motivation, advancement opportunities, role clarity, job routineness, and group culture.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 46
Keywords: job satisfaction, public service motivation, committment, job involvementAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: March 26, 2007 ; Last revised: May 20, 2008
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