Work motivation as a determinant of organizational and professional commitment in case of temporary organizations : theoretical perspectives

Bredillet, Christophe, Dwivedula, Ravikiran, & Müller, Ralf (2011) Work motivation as a determinant of organizational and professional commitment in case of temporary organizations : theoretical perspectives. In International Research Network for Organizing by Projects-IRNOP 10, University of Quebec, Montreal.

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The purpose of this paper is to present a theoretical framework to investigate the relationship between work motivation, organizational commitment, and professional commitment in temporary organizations. Through a review of theory, we contend that work motivation has two major patterns- internal motivation (that includes intrinsic, need-based, and self-deterministic theories), and external motivation (that includes cognitive or process-based theories of motivation) through which it has been investigated. We also subsume the nature of employee commitment to be of three types- affective, continuance, and normative. This commitment may either be towards organization or profession. A literature review reveals that the characteristics of the temporary organization - specifically tenure, and task - regulate the relationship between work motivation, and organizational commitment, and professional commitment. Relevant propositions are presented.

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ID Code: 49522
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: organizational commitment; professional commitment, work motivation, temporary organization, project management
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 > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 03 Apr 2012 23:23
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 17:16

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