Value Congruence as a Source of Intrinsic Motivation

Authors

  • Ting Ren

    1. Assistant Professor, HSBC School of Business, Peking University, Shenzhen 518055, China
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    • * Ting Ren, Assistant Professor, HSBC School of Business, Peking University, Shenzhen 518055, China. Email: renting@szpku.edu.cn. This study was supported by the Aspen Institute Grant NSRF 2005-1, “A Comparative Study of Organizational Structure, Behavior and Performance.”


SUMMARY

Using a multisource dataset consisting of information from organizational survey and public database of nursing homes in a Midwestern state in the United States, the present study empirically investigates the relationships between employee-organization value congruence, organizational delegation of decision-making and monitoring in the workplace. The results show that value congruence between employees and the organization complements delegation of decision-making, substitutes for monitoring, and further improves organizational performance, especially which of the relational dimension. These findings suggest that value congruence can serve as a source of intrinsic motivation for employee effort and mitigate agency problems in the workplace.

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