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Work, motivation and personal characteristics: an in‐depth study of six organizations in Ningbo

Work, motivation and personal characteristics: an in‐depth study of six organizations in Ningbo Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate employees' work motivation in China. It aims to give answers to two questions: what motivates employees in China? What are the effects of personal characteristics on work motivation for employees in China? Design/methodology/approach – The study used convenience sampling to select the sample and the respondents were randomly selected from employees of six organizations, from people in the personnel market and also from people walking around in shopping centres in a very representative city of China – Ningbo. Then, descriptive statistics, t ‐test (one sample t ‐test, independent sample t ‐test and one‐way ANOVA), regression analysis and scatter plots were used to analyze the data. Findings – The findings of the study are: all the 15 motivation factors listed in the questionnaire, including good pay, promotion, desirable work environment, good welfare package, good bonus system, good company policy, good interpersonal relationships, good supervisors, job security, the opportunity to use my ability, a sense of challenge and achievement, positive recognition, autonomy, self‐actualization and interesting job, do motivate employees in China; good pay is the most important motivator for employees in China; employees' work motivation is affected by their personal characteristics. Originality/value – It is believed that these findings can assist organizations in China, those located in Ningbo in particular, in effectively motivating their employees. It may also be applied to organizations located in other parts of the world which have Chinese employees. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Chinese Management Studies Emerald Publishing

Work, motivation and personal characteristics: an in‐depth study of six organizations in Ningbo

Chinese Management Studies , Volume 5 (3): 26 – Aug 30, 2011

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Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1750-614X
DOI
10.1108/17506141111163363
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate employees' work motivation in China. It aims to give answers to two questions: what motivates employees in China? What are the effects of personal characteristics on work motivation for employees in China? Design/methodology/approach – The study used convenience sampling to select the sample and the respondents were randomly selected from employees of six organizations, from people in the personnel market and also from people walking around in shopping centres in a very representative city of China – Ningbo. Then, descriptive statistics, t ‐test (one sample t ‐test, independent sample t ‐test and one‐way ANOVA), regression analysis and scatter plots were used to analyze the data. Findings – The findings of the study are: all the 15 motivation factors listed in the questionnaire, including good pay, promotion, desirable work environment, good welfare package, good bonus system, good company policy, good interpersonal relationships, good supervisors, job security, the opportunity to use my ability, a sense of challenge and achievement, positive recognition, autonomy, self‐actualization and interesting job, do motivate employees in China; good pay is the most important motivator for employees in China; employees' work motivation is affected by their personal characteristics. Originality/value – It is believed that these findings can assist organizations in China, those located in Ningbo in particular, in effectively motivating their employees. It may also be applied to organizations located in other parts of the world which have Chinese employees.

Journal

Chinese Management StudiesEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 30, 2011

Keywords: Work motivation; China; Employees; Personal characteristics; Motivation factors; Good pay; National cultures; Employees behaviour

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