ERIC Number: ED099491
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Job Scope, Job Satisfaction, and the Protestant Ethic: A Study of Enlisted Men in the U. S. Navy. Technical Report No. 27.
Stone, Eugene F.
Questionnaire data were obtained from 149 enlisted men in the United States Navy. The job scope/satisfaction with the work itself relationship was examined for the study's total sample and for subsamples created by grouping individuals on the basis of their belief in the Protestant ethic (middle-class work norms and values). Job scope may be interpreted as the degree to which a job is enriched--providing high variety, autonomy, task identity, and feedback. Satisfaction with "the work itself" reflects the degree to which the level of intrinsic rewards derived from a job may meet or exceed the worker's perceived equitable level of rewards. It was hypothesized and found that the job scope-work satisfaction relationship was positive and significantly different from zero for the study's total sample and each of the three Protestant ethic subsamples. Contrary to one of the study's hypotheses, Protestant ethic did not moderate the job scope-work satisfaction relationship. The study's results were discussed in terms of their implications for theory and practice relating to job design. (Author/EA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA. Personnel and Training Research Programs Office.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Irvine. Graduate School of Administration.