Date of Award
Senior Honors Thesis
College or School
Management; Accounting and Finance
Program or Major
Bachelor of Science
This study applied self-determination theory principals and the already existing links to work motivation to examine how praise would moderate the relationship between work motivation and autonomy. Previous literature has already stated that there is a positive relationship between autonomy and work motivation and also a positive relationship between praise and work motivation. A sample of 54 participants was used in a 37 question survey highlighting questions on work motivation, autonomy and praise. Our results yielded that there was in fact a significant relationship between praise moderating the effects of autonomy on work motivation. From this research it is evident that praise plays a much greater role in the level of work motivation that employees have. This is something that managers should pay attention to when creating higher levels of motivation in their company.
Washakowski, Alyssa, "The Moderating Effects of Praise on the Relationship between Autonomy and Work Motivation" (2015). Honors Theses and Capstones. 215.