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Towards a comprehensive model of managers wellbeing: The role of self-determination theory


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The present study extends the testing of dimensions from self determination theory (SDT) to include the three facilitators (global aspirations, mindfulness and global motivation), the three needs satisfaction (autonomy, competence and relatedness), and perceived autonomous support (PAS) towards the wellbeing of 386 New Zealand managers. The theory suggests that individuals with higher SDT dimensions will achieve greater motivation and wellbeing, although few studies test more than one dimension. Findings showed that global aspirations reduced negative affect, while mindfulness, global motivations and PAS increased life satisfaction, positive affect, and subjective wellbeing, and reduced negative effect. Of the three needs satisfaction, autonomy increased life satisfaction and subjective wellbeing, while competence increased positive affect and subjective wellbeing, and reduced negative effect. In addition, PAS was tested as a moderator of facilitators and needs satisfaction and a number of significant interactions were found, generally providing support for PAS enhancing the beneficial nature of the SDT dimensions. Overall, the study provides evidence of superior wellbeing outcomes for organizations and employees encompassing SDT dimensions, including the interaction effects of PAS.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: Conference held 17-19 May, 2011, in Paris, France
Uncontrolled Keywords: self-determination theory, managers
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Schools > Centre for Business, Information Technology and Enterprise > School of Business and Adminstration
Depositing User: Maree Roche
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2011 07:14
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 02:32

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