Finding Workable Levers Over Work Motivation: Comparing Job Satisfaction, Job Involvement and Organizational Commitment

La Follette School Working Paper No. 2007-003

Administration and Society, Forthcoming

46 Pages Posted: 26 Mar 2007 Last revised: 20 May 2008

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Donald P. Moynihan

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Sanjay K. Pandey

George Washington University - Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration

Abstract

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.

Keywords: job satisfaction, public service motivation, committment, job involvement

Suggested Citation

Moynihan, Donald P. and Pandey, Sanjay K., Finding Workable Levers Over Work Motivation: Comparing Job Satisfaction, Job Involvement and Organizational Commitment. La Follette School Working Paper No. 2007-003; Administration and Society, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=975290

Donald P. Moynihan (Contact Author)

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs ( email )

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Madison, WI 53706-1393
United States

Sanjay K. Pandey

George Washington University - Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration ( email )

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Suite 601
Washington, DC 20052
United States

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