The Motivational Patterns of Civil Servants

Wouter Vandenabeele, Roger Depré, Annie Hondeghem, Shufeng Yan


Motivation is believed to be one of the most important variables in contemporary human resource management, both in the private and the public sector. In this paper we try to give a review of different theories of work motivation. We also provide empirical testing for the hypotheses which can be derived from these theories. The data for these tests are based on two surveys concerning motivational factors in the Belgian public sector. These data have been collected by researchers at the Public Management Institute of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven over the past ten years.


motivation; motivational factors; civil service; public service motivation

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