Department of Political Science

(Mis)managing employee motivation? Obligatory student plans, intrinsic task motivation and public service motivation for Danish teachers

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Motivated employees are crucial to all organizations, but some management initiatives may actually decrease motivation. Motivation crowding theory thus expects that command and incentives – if they are perceived as controlling - crowd out intrinsic motivation. The perception is thus expected to be vital, and this paper investigates how the perception of a specific command system – obligatory student plans – is associated with two types of employee motivation (public service motivation and intrinsic task motivation). Using a dataset with 3439 school teachers in Denmark, the analysis shows that the perception of obligatory student plans as controlling is negatively associated with different types of employee motivation, indicating that motivation crowding happens. Although the strength of the associations varies between the investigated types of motivation, the findings imply that practitioners should try to avoid that command systems are seen as controlling.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year7 Sep 2011
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sep 2011
EventEGPA Conference 2011 - Bukarest, Romania
Duration: 7 Sep 201110 Sep 2011


ConferenceEGPA Conference 2011

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