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Self determination theory and employed job search

Welters, Riccardo, Mitchell, William and Muysken, Joan (2014). Self determination theory and employed job search. Journal of Economic Psychology,44:34-44.

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Title Self determination theory and employed job search
Author Welters, Riccardo
Mitchell, William
Muysken, Joan
Journal Name Journal of Economic Psychology
Publication Date 2014
Volume Number 44
ISSN 0167-4870   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84904094831
Start Page 34
End Page 44
Total Pages 11
Place of Publication Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Self Determination Theory (SDT) predicts that employees who use controlled motivation to search for alternate (better) work are less successful than their counterparts who use autonomous motivation. Using Australian labour market data, we find strong support for SDT. We find that workers who face externally regulated pressures (pressure arising from involuntary part-time or casual labour contracts) to search for alternate employment are less likely to find better work, than workers who use autonomous motives to search for work. Our findings suggest that labour market policies trending towards ‘labour market flexibility/deregulation’ – which provide workers with controlled motives to search for work – will contribute to workers cycling through spells of insecure employment and possibly intermittent spells of unemployment with no realistic prospect of career development.
Keywords Personnel attitudes & Job satisfaction
Self determination theory
Empirical study
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