Date of Award

2016

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Kwantes, Catherine

Keywords

counterproductive work behaviours, need satisfaction, organizational citizenship behaviours, organizational identification, SCARF, self determination theory

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

Although need theories traditionally were considered as a very important part of psychology, they soon lost their appeal due to the lack of enough empirical support. More recently however, newer need theories have been proposed by scholars that have gained a fair amount of empirical support in various domains. Despite their popularity in different domains, more research is needed to establish the validity of such theories in the organizational field. The purpose of this study therefore was to test the utility and strength of need theories in predicting two major organizational outcomes, Organizational Citizenship Behaviours (OCB) and Counterproductive Work Behaviours (CWB), and to investigate the possible mechanisms through which satisfaction of psychological needs in the workplace might lead to those outcomes.

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