A Study into the Motivation of Knowledge Workers: Using an adapted version of the MOCC model of motivation to explain the motivational tendencies of project managers and engineers
Hammond, Matthew (2012) A Study into the Motivation of Knowledge Workers: Using an adapted version of the MOCC model of motivation to explain the motivational tendencies of project managers and engineers. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)
There is a general need across organisations to better understand the motivation of knowledge workers. Based on our own empirical findings, research into early and contemporary motivation theories and use of Sharp et al.’s (2009) Motivators, Outcomes, Context, and Characteristics (MOCC) motivational model we adapted our own model. Through adapting the content of the model but keeping the framework intact, we were able to explain the various aspects of motivation in project management and engineering professionals. Our findings were twofold: 1) when considering the motivation of knowledge workers it is essential for managers and theorists that every aspect of motivation is considered and balanced, 2) for knowledge workers the future is a constant concern and the right career and personal development programmes as this was the most important motivational factor found across both sets of professionals. Results are discussed, and practical conclusions and recommendations for further research are made.
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