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ERIC Number: EJ970290
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0001-8791
Public Service Motivation as a Predictor of Attraction to the Public Sector
Carpenter, Jacqueline; Doverspike, Dennis; Miguel, Rosanna F.
Journal of Vocational Behavior, v80 n2 p509-523 Apr 2012
According to public service motivation theory, individuals with a strong public service orientation are attracted to government jobs. This proposition was investigated in three studies by measuring public sector motivation at a pre-entry level as an individual difference variable affecting perceptions of fit and organizational attraction. Results were consistent with a positive relationship between public sector motivation and attraction to both public sector and non-profit organizations. Despite substantial overlap between the constructs of public sector motivation and agreeableness, the present research indicated that public sector motivation has utility in predicting employment interests beyond the general personality factor of agreeableness. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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