ERIC Number: ED133336
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-May
Reference Count: 0
Intrinsic Motivation and Its Determinants as Factors Enhancing the Prediction of Job Performance from Ability. Research Report No. 11.
The primary purpose of the present research was to explore the relationship of ability and intrinsic motivation in the prediction of job performance. Intrinsic motivation was traced to two primary determinants. One, an organizational factor, is the extent to which an employee's job is "enriched," or incorporates challenging elements such as autonomy and variety. A second determinant is an individual difference factor--the extent to which the individual desires to achieve and grow. Data were collected from 353 clerical employees in a large, metropolitan bank. Ability was measured by a pre-employment clerical aptitude test; information about job characteristics, individual growth needs, growth satisfaction, and intrinsic motivation was obtained by an employee questionnaire; and job performance was measured by supervisors' evaluations. The hypotheses were tested by hierarchical moderated multiple regression. Ability and intrinsic motivation combined in an additive way but not in an interactive way in predicting job performance. (Author/BW)
Descriptors: Ability, Achievement Need, Aptitude Tests, Clerical Workers, Employee Attitudes, Individual Characteristics, Interaction, Job Enrichment, Job Satisfaction, Models, Motivation, Multiple Regression Analysis, Personnel Selection, Prediction, Predictive Validity, Questionnaires, Racial Differences, Self Reward, Sex Differences, Social Reinforcement, Statistical Analysis, Task Performance, Theories
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA. Personnel and Training Research Programs Office.
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Dept. of Psychology.