Policy-Capturing and Work Motivation. Need for Achievement, Affiliation, and Power.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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The policy-capturing technique was used to measure the strength of individuals needs for achievement, affiliation, and power. The cues used in the exercise were based upon the descriptions of the three needs presented by McClelland. The population sample consisted of over 395 personnel assigned primarily to five vocations - engineers and scientists, managers, staff persons, professors and chaplains. The organizations sampled were the Air Force Avionics Laboratory, WPAFB, OH, Air Force Institute of Technology, WPAFB, OH, and Air Force Chaplains School, Maxwell AFB, AL. The results indicated that policy-capturing appeared useful as a motivational measurement technique. However, few motive-behavior relationships predicted from McClellands research into the needs held true for this study. Organizational or individual factors appeared to strongly attenuate any monotonic relationship between need strength and behavior that may have existed.
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