ERIC Number: ED099732
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Factors Complicating Expectancy Theory Predictions of Work Motivation and Job Performance.
Kopelman, Richard E.
The conventional paradigm for testing expectancy theory predictions of work behavior has been to correlate expectancy-value reports with concurrent measures of motivation and performance. Although this static, two-variable approach has typically yielded statistically significant results, correlations have not been sizable. This study, using a sample of design and development engineers over a four-year period, posited and found that expectancy theory predictions were materially strengthened by taking into account the effects of five complicating factors. Specifically, these factors were: (1) time, (2) the initial level of the criterion, (3) the level of rewards, (4) task-specific ability, and (5) control system responsiveness. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Graduate School of Business Administration.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Research supported in part by a grant from the William B. Harding Foundation