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Self-determination theory and job outcomes: The moderating effects of perceived autonomous support


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The present study tests the theoretical influence of factors from self determination theory (SDT) including the three facilitators (global aspirations, mindfulness and global motivation), the three needs satisfaction (autonomy, competence and relatedness), and perceived autonomous support (PAS) towards job outcomes of 386 New Zealand managers. The theory suggests that individuals with higher SDT dimensions will achieve greater wellbeing, and we extend this towards job outcomes (job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and OCB Individual and OCB Organization). Importantly, few studies include more than one SDT dimension. Data was collected at two times, separating predictors (time 1) and outcomes (time 2). Towards all job outcomes there were significant direct effects from global motivations, PAS, and most of the need satisfaction dimensions, with mindfulness also influencing job satisfaction. In addition, PAS was tested as a moderator of the three facilitators and three needs satisfaction and a number of significant interactions were found towards all job outcomes. Universally, high relatedness satisfaction led to higher job outcomes when PAS was also high, and global motivations also benefited from high PAS towards OCB Organization, while high PAS benefited OCB Individual only at low levels of global aspirations. Overall, there is strong and consistent support for SDT dimensions influencing job outcomes, and the consistent direct and interaction benefits of PAS highlight its importance.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: SDT, Wellbeing, job outcomes, Self-determination theory
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: 29 Aug 2011 23:46
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 02:35

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