Intrinsic Motivation and Its Determinants as Factors Enhancing the Prediction of Job Performance from Ability.
MARYLAND UNIV COLLEGE PARK DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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Performance is often hypothesized to be a function of the interaction of ability and motivation, but past studies of this hypothesis have been sparse, and the researchers often used inadequate measures and inappropriate statistical analyses. The primary purpose of the present research was to explore the relationship of ability and intrinsic motivation in the prediction of job performance. Intrinsic motivation was traced to two primary determinants. One, an organizational factor, is the extent to which an employees job is enriched, or incorporates challenging elements such as autonomy and variety. A second determinant is an individual difference factor--the extent to which the individual desires to achieve and grow. Two primary hypotheses were tested and the results are discussed.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations