Title page for ETD etd-01262004-172257

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Mehta, Kajal Rushikesh
Author's Email Address kmehta1@lsu.edu
URN etd-01262004-172257
Title Examining the Relationships between Motivational Traits and Counterproductive Work Behaviors
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
James Diefendorff Committee Chair
Joseph Witt Committee Member
Sean Lane Committee Member
  • counterproductive work behaviors
  • workplace deviance
  • motivational traits
  • MTQ
  • counterproductivity
Date of Defense 2003-12-16
Availability unrestricted
This study examined the relationships between motivational traits and counterproductive work behaviors. Little evidence exists supporting a link between individual differences and counterproductive work behaviors in previous literature. This study tested for a link between individual differences in motivation and workplace deviance by using broad operationalizations of both constructs. In addition, the investigation controlled for the effects of situational factors on counterproductive work behaviors providing a stronger test of the role of dispositional motivation. In general, this study set out to show that both approach and avoidance motivation tendencies are related to counterproductive work behaviors, as well as organizational citizenship behaviors and task performance. The results confirmed this notion in that although Achievement Approach Motivation was negatively related to counterproductive work behaviors, General Approach Motivation and Avoidance Motivation were both positively related to the deviant behaviors. In addition, while only the approach traits (mostly the “achievement” traits) showed consistent relationships with the more traditional work behaviors, both approach and avoidance traits were linked to counterproductive behaviors to some degree.
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