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Intrinsic work motivation as a necessity for job satisfaction

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DOI: 10.25236/ermss.2021.023


Mengyu Zhou

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Mengyu Zhou


Successfully managing and motivating employees is one of the most crucial responsibilities of top executives. This paper discusses the critical role of intrinsic work motivation (Hackman & Oldham, 1975) in conjunction with three factors - goal directedness, self-control, and self-evaluation - in creating employee job satisfaction. The paper goes on to argue that intrinsic motivation (the sense of completing a task from the sheer pleasure of doing so) is of relatively greater importance and is perhaps even a pre-condition of the effects of extrinsic motivation (such as financial reward) and offers insight about what is likely to be important in managing employees in the future knowledge economy, where more complex tasks will benefit from and require a greater level of intrinsic motivation.


Intrinsic work motivation, job satisfaction, task