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An investigation of intrinsic motivation factors in multinational organisations: an Irish perspective

Bieniek, Katarzyna (2016) An investigation of intrinsic motivation factors in multinational organisations: an Irish perspective. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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The main purpose of this study was to investigate intrinsic motivation factors across multinational organisations located in Ireland. The thesis explored the extent to which intrinsic motivation factors such as autonomy, mastery and purpose affect multicultural workforces. The research addressed employees in Ireland motivated by intrinsic incentives. The examination concentrated on autonomy as the ability to freely choose the task, technique, team and the time related to completing the work. Mastery represents another element of staff’s inside drives, dealing with the need to become increasingly better at completing jobs. Purpose, meanwhile, is the final important intrinsic factor, and relates to doing meaningful work that can be beneficial to others.

To gather the data, a quantitative method, in the form of an online survey was used, with 200 respondents providing reliable replies. The research compared two groups of employees, Irish and non-Irish, to understand what motivates them and to what extent the incentives are different based on nationality. The findings have been summarised and presented using the SPSS program.

The findings proved that intrinsic motivation is important for employees. However, Irish workers are more intrinsically motivated than non-Irish. All three: autonomy, mastery and purpose, are highly necessary for staff, regardless of nationality. The research disagreed with the assertion that autonomy is an element of inside incentive, as no correlation was indicated between it and intrinsic motivation. Mastery and purpose can be named as the factors affecting intrinsic incentives, as a significant correlation was found between them. Moreover, non-Irish staff were found to place more value in development and the ability to learn at work than Irish personnel. Finally, the level of intrinsic motivation depends strongly on salary satisfaction.

The thesis has been built on a broad literature review and primary research. The findings can be used by company owners, HR representatives and managers to understand what factors currently motivate employees, and help them to create reliable, successful and effective motivational programmes based on fulfilling their inside desires.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management > Performance Management > Motivation
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Specific Industries > Multinational Industries
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Business Administration
Depositing User: Caoimhe Ní Mhaicín
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2016 15:57
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2016 15:57

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