Title: How job characteristics relate to need satisfaction and autonomous motivation: Implications for work effort
Authors: De Cooman, Rein ×
Stynen, Dave
Van den Broeck, Anja
Sels, Luc
De Witte, Hans #
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: V.H. Winston
Series Title: Journal of Applied Social Psychology vol:43 issue:6 pages:1342-1352
Abstract: To explore the motivational potential of job design, we link job demands and job resources, as defined in the job demands-resources model, to the motivational process defined in self-determination theory. Specifically, we introduce basic need satisfaction and autonomous motivation as consecutive process variables mediating the relationship between job design and work effort. We test this model by means of SEM in a sample of 689 employees. The comparison of several competing models provides support for the hypothesized model. We conclude that job demands thwart and job resources promote the fulfillment of three psychological needs. High levels of need satisfaction, in turn, are associated with autonomous motivation and therefore with high levels of effort.
ISSN: 0021-9029
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Work, Organisational and Personnel Psychology
Occupational & Organisational Psychology and Professional Learning - miscellaneous
Research Centre for Organisation Studies, Leuven
Department of Human Resources Management, Campus Carolus Antwerp
Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) - miscellaneous
Research Centre for Work and Organisation Studies (WOS Bxl), Campus Brussels
× corresponding author
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