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Motivation to work in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Business, Economics and Design, Linnaeus School of Business and Economics.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Description: Economists and organization theorists evaluate that entire human life is exchange of values between sellers and buyers in order to sustain welfare. The exchanged values are often material surplus that are changed for absent things, when there is a lack of things to be exchanged, people are pushed to sell services in order to pursue their absence or psychological needs. In modern world people selling services for their needs is known as employment. Therefore, employers often misunderstand the employment of people, mixing in this way the “service with the brain”. There is often this ironic thinking that people are paid to do whatever employer requires, and are unaware that it is their services that are being offered for an amount of money. Furthermore, this is the error happening time after time in workplaces, employers thrust, employees neglect tasks. As a consequence, lot of authors have argued that what makes employees committed to their workplace is their motives to work. The workplace to be motivated needs to be attracted at some points for employees.

Aim: Motivation theories allude that there are many motives why people work in different workplaces, therefore the research focuses on motives of people to work, and differences between them. Consequently, the purpose of the research is to find what are motives that make employees work in not-for-profit organizations and what motives follow employees in for-profit organizations.

Research design: The research uses a comparative design, comparing results of interviews from NPO and PO to show differences between employee motives in different workplaces.

Results: The results of the research showed that there are differences between these motives, and thus NPO is empathic and independent workplace rather than the for-profit workplace.

Keywords: NPO, for-profit organizations, motives to work.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 83 p.
National Category
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-13849OAI: diva2:435804
Subject / course
Business Administration - Other
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2011-08-22 Created: 2011-08-20 Last updated: 2011-08-22Bibliographically approved

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