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Ideellt engagemang - en osjälvisk handling?: Motivationsfaktorer bland ideellt engagerade
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences.
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Volunteering involves performing tasks without receiving any compensation for it. Interest in this idealistic commitment to non-profit organizations is growing and the primary reasons for this is to help other people, pursue their interests and contribute to the organization.

The purpose of the study is to examine what it is that motivates individuals to commit to non-profit organizations. This study will only examine aid organizations. In order to answer the question four different theories have been used and these are the most fundamental theories in this field. These theories are Maslow's hierarchy of needs, Hertzberg's two-factor theory, Self-Determination Theory and The Gift. In this study twelve volunteers, dedicated individuals within aid organizations, have been interviewed. The study is a qualitative study in which semi-structured interviews were used.

The findings of the study have shown that there are four prominent motivational factors why individuals engage in non-profit organizations. These four factors are the following; contributing and making a difference, appreciation, personal development and experience and the social environment.


Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 38 p.
Keyword [en]
Volunteering, motivation, aid organization, unpaid work
Keyword [sv]
Ideellt engagemang, motivation, hjälporganisation, oavlönat arbete
National Category
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-26136OAI: diva2:783677
Subject / course
Business Studies
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2015-01-27 Created: 2015-01-26 Last updated: 2015-01-27Bibliographically approved

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