Self-determined work motivation predicts job outcomes, but what predicts self-determined work motivation?

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1109-1115
Journal / PublicationJournal of Research in Personality
Issue number4
Online published29 Feb 2008
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008
Externally publishedYes


Self-determined work motivation predicts important job outcomes, such as job satisfaction [Richer, S. F., Blanchard, C., & Vallerand, R. J. (2002). A motivational model of work turnover. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 32, 20892113], but what predicts self-determined work motivation is less fully understood. We tested general causality orientation-specitically autonomy and control orientation-as a predictor of self-determined work motivation, which in turn was expected to predict job satisfaction and identification commitment as job outcomes. Regression analyses confirmed our hypotheses such that autonomy orientation predicted job outcomes via increased self-determined work motivation. Control orientation predicted self-determined work motivation but did not affect either of the two job outcomes. Findings are discussed with respect to the importance of individual differences in understanding job outcomes.

Research Area(s)

  • Causality orientation, Identification commitment, Job satisfaction, Self-determination, Work motivation