Cross‐national study of employees' work goals


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The literature in the area of organizational behaviour has lately reflected the increasing rate of information exchange concerning the quality of worklife among various Western societies. However, a prerequisite for comparison of work milieu is the determination of whether employees from different national settings share similar needs and motivational systems. The question is whether cultural norms significantly influence employees' expectations, values, and motives. To the extent this is so, generalization from studies within a single country is restricted. The purpose of this research is to compare the structure of employees' work goal systems among five Western countries, and to examine the applicability of two popular motivational models.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalApplied Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1978
Externally publishedYes


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