Motivating Employees and Volunteers of International Organizations: Do Values Matter?
To what extent does the fit between personal values and the organizational values of an IO foster the working motivation of its employees and volunteers?

Summary

Motivated employees are the cornerstones of all organizations, in the private-, the public- and the non-profit sectors, as work motivation is one crucial determinant of individual and organizational performance. Many paradigms and theories sought to answer the longstanding question: «What motivates employees?» In the study of organizational behaviour, work motivation has held an important position and it has been approached in terms of needs, traits, values and context.

This project tries to identify the combination of factors explaining why employees and volunteers of international organisations show various levels of work motivation. In particular, it focuses on the impacts of values, considered here as higher order drives, on work motivation. In a nutshell, the research question is: «To what extent does the fit between personal values and the organizational values of an IO foster the working motivation of its employees and volunteers?»

Keywords

  • International organisations

Disciplines

  • Economics
  • Political science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Relevant Countries

  • All countries

Status

This project, started in 2010, has been completed.

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Research team

David Giauque
Coordinator
University of Lausanne

Simon Hug
Co-Coordinator
University of Geneva

Frédéric Varone
Co-Coordinator
University of Geneva

Simon Anderfuhren-Biget
Principal Member
University of Geneva

Ursula Häfliger
Principal Member
University of Zurich