Work Motivation in the United States, Russia, and the Republic of China (Taiwan): A Comparison


Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Colin P. Silverthorne, Department of Psychology, University of San Francisco, Ignatian Heights, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117-1080.


This study evaluated aspects of work motivation across three cultures. In a replication of earlier research comparing the ranking of ten motivational factors by management and workers, this study used comparison data for current United States, Russian, and Chinese (Taiwan) samples. The results indicate an improved relationship between perceptions of managers and workers in the United States, a strong discrepancy in the Russian sample between expectations of management and workers, and a reasonable match for the Taiwan sample. Differences in motivational factor importance are explored between the three samples and the implications for multinational management issues are explored.