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The Measurement of Motivation: Examining the Measurement Properties of the Motivation Assessment System

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2013
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The current study investigated the Pritchard-Ashwood (P-A) Theory of Motivation (Pritchard (&) Ashwood, 2008) by examining a measure of P-A Theory labeled the Motivation Assessment System (MAS). P-A Theory combines prior motivation theories such as expectancy theory, goal setting theory, justice theory, and needs theory and consolidates them into one integrated theory of motivation. In essence, P-A theory posits that one's motivation is determined by four perceptions, including the extent to which one believes: (a) his/her actions will lead to results, (b) his/her results will lead to positive evaluations, (c) his/her evaluations will lead to positive outcomes, and (d) his/her outcomes will satisfy his/her needs. The MAS is designed to capture P-A Theory by assessing these four perceptions, and this dissertation examined tenets of P-A Theory by investigating the measurement properties of the MAS via confirmatory factor analysis. Findings showed that the model set forth by P-A Theory had the best fit compared to the other competing models when analyzing MAS data, suggesting the MAS is an appropriate measure of P-A Theory. This research should help to bridge the gap between motivation theory and practice by providing initial evidence of support for a practical measure that captures the full spectrum of employee motivation as set forth in P-A Theory. Recommendations for future research using the MAS to study motivation are suggested.
Title: The Measurement of Motivation: Examining the Measurement Properties of the Motivation Assessment System.
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Name(s): Schmerling, Daniel, Author
Fritzsche, Barbara, Committee Chair
Joseph, Dana, Committee CoChair
Jentsch, Florian, Committee Member
Roth, Colin, Committee Member
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2013
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The current study investigated the Pritchard-Ashwood (P-A) Theory of Motivation (Pritchard (&) Ashwood, 2008) by examining a measure of P-A Theory labeled the Motivation Assessment System (MAS). P-A Theory combines prior motivation theories such as expectancy theory, goal setting theory, justice theory, and needs theory and consolidates them into one integrated theory of motivation. In essence, P-A theory posits that one's motivation is determined by four perceptions, including the extent to which one believes: (a) his/her actions will lead to results, (b) his/her results will lead to positive evaluations, (c) his/her evaluations will lead to positive outcomes, and (d) his/her outcomes will satisfy his/her needs. The MAS is designed to capture P-A Theory by assessing these four perceptions, and this dissertation examined tenets of P-A Theory by investigating the measurement properties of the MAS via confirmatory factor analysis. Findings showed that the model set forth by P-A Theory had the best fit compared to the other competing models when analyzing MAS data, suggesting the MAS is an appropriate measure of P-A Theory. This research should help to bridge the gap between motivation theory and practice by providing initial evidence of support for a practical measure that captures the full spectrum of employee motivation as set forth in P-A Theory. Recommendations for future research using the MAS to study motivation are suggested.
Identifier: CFE0004749 (IID), ucf:49801 (fedora)
Note(s): 2013-05-01
Ph.D.
Sciences, Psychology
Doctoral
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Subject(s): Motivation -- Pritchard-Ashwood Theory of Motivation -- MAS -- Motivation Assessment System
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0004749
Restrictions on Access: public 2013-05-15
Host Institution: UCF

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