For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work

"Meaning, Self and Motivation in Organizations"

by Shamir, Boas (1991)


This paper claims that current work motivation theories are restricted in certain respects due to their overreliance on individualistic-hedonistic assumptions and their over-emphasis of cognitive-calculative processess. It is suggested that a self-concept based theory should be added to the existing core of theories in order to overcome their limitations. Certain assumptions about the relationships between the self-concept and behaviour are presented, followed by a series of theoretical propositions and some research suggestions. The implications of the theory for organizational commitment, collective work behaviour, transformational leadership and symbolic management are briefly discussed.

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Meaningful Work, Meaning Of Work, Well-Being, Psychology, Individualism, Hedonism, Self


Organisation and Management Studies, Meaningful Work

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