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Whose autonomy support is more effective? Managers' or Co-Workers’? An experimental comparison of source and occupational context on intrinsic motivation

Jungert, Tomas LU ; Schattke, Kaspar ; Proulx, Félix Alexandre ; Taylor, Geneviève and Koestner, Richard (2020) In Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences
Abstract

The purpose of this paper was to experimentally test whether support from different sources would lead to increased intrinsic work motivation and to examine whether occupational context moderated this effect. In Study 1, we manipulated autonomy support, source of behaviour, and occupational context. In Study 2, we allocated participants to a conventional or social work context depending on their real occupation to increase ecological validity. Altogether, 495 workers participated. We found a main effect for autonomy support, and that managers' autonomy support was more effective in a conventional occupational context, whereas co-workers’ autonomy support was more effective in the social occupational context. Findings highlight the... (More)

The purpose of this paper was to experimentally test whether support from different sources would lead to increased intrinsic work motivation and to examine whether occupational context moderated this effect. In Study 1, we manipulated autonomy support, source of behaviour, and occupational context. In Study 2, we allocated participants to a conventional or social work context depending on their real occupation to increase ecological validity. Altogether, 495 workers participated. We found a main effect for autonomy support, and that managers' autonomy support was more effective in a conventional occupational context, whereas co-workers’ autonomy support was more effective in the social occupational context. Findings highlight the importance of having both autonomy-supportive managers and co-workers for workers' intrinsic motivation.

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autonomy support, co-worker support, manager support, occupational contexts, work motivation
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Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences
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10.1002/cjas.1598
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  author       = {Jungert, Tomas and Schattke, Kaspar and Proulx, Félix Alexandre and Taylor, Geneviève and Koestner, Richard},
  issn         = {0825-0383},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {11},
  publisher    = {John Wiley and Sons},
  series       = {Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences},
  title        = {Whose autonomy support is more effective? Managers' or Co-Workers’? An experimental comparison of source and occupational context on intrinsic motivation},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/cjas.1598},
  doi          = {10.1002/cjas.1598},
  year         = {2020},
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