Work Extrinsic and Intrinsic Motivation Scale: Its Value for Organizational Psychology Research
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The Work Extrinsic and Intrinsic Motivation Scale (WEIMS) is an 18-item measure of work motivation theoretically grounded in self-determination theory (Deci & Ryan, 2000). The purpose of the present research was twofold. First, the applicability of the WEIMS in different work environments was evaluated. Second, its factorial structure and psychometric properties were assessed.
Two samples of workers (military: N ! 465; civilians: N ! 192) voluntarily completed questionnaires. Using the WEIMS’s 3 indexes (work self-determination index, work self-determined and non-self-determined motivation, respectively), the results of regression analyses were supportive of its ability to predict positive and negative criteria in the workplace. Results also showed the adequacy of both its construct validity and internal consistency. Its factorial structure was also invariant across samples.
Finally, its quasi-simplex pattern and relationships with psychological correlate further supported the self-determination continuum. Overall, these findings provide evidence for the applicability as well as the reliability and validity of the WEIMS in organisational settings. Results are discussed in regard to the applicability of self-determination theory to the workplace.
Authors of the Article
- Maxime A. Tremblay
- Ce´line M. Blanchard
- Sara Taylor
- Luc G. Pelletier
- Martin Villeneuve
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