Internal and external motivation factors in virtual and collocated project environments : a principal component investigation

Bredillet, Christophe, Dwivedula, Ravikiran, & Ruiz, Philippe (2007) Internal and external motivation factors in virtual and collocated project environments : a principal component investigation. In International Research Network of Organizing by Projects-IRNOP 8, Brighton.

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Abstract

In this study, we explore motivation in collocated and virtual project teams. The literature on motivation in a project set.,ting reveals that motivation is closely linked to team performance. Based on this literature, we propose a set., of variables related to the three dimensions of ‘Nature of work’, ‘Rewards’, and ‘Communication’. Thirteen original variables in a sample size of 66 collocated and 66 virtual respondents are investigated using one tail t test and principal component analysis. We find that there are minimal differences between the two groups with respect to the above mentioned three dimensions. (p= .06; t=1.71). Further, a principal component analysis of the combined sample of collocated and virtual project environments reveals two factors- ‘Internal Motivating Factor’ related to work and work environment, and ‘External Motivating Factor’ related to the financial and non-financial rewards that explain 59.8% of the variance and comprehensively characterize motivation in collocated and virtual project environments. A ‘sense check’ of our interpretation of the results shows conformity with the theory and existing practice of project organization

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ID Code: 49512
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: project management, motivation, collocated project team, virtual project team
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Business and Management not elsewhere classified (150399)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 03 Apr 2012 22:46
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2012 04:41

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