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Motivation and the academic – where the drivers sit

Johnston, Alan ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4796-466X (2016) Motivation and the academic – where the drivers sit. Journal of Management Development, 35 (6). pp. 765-777.

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Purpose – This paper investigates the key drivers for motivation within a small team of academics within a relatively small UK University.

Design/methodology/approach – The research follows a combined interpretivist and ethnographic stance and using a mixed methods approach.

Findings – The research identifies that fundamentally academics are driven by the desire for expertise and a search for meaning, while material reward and a need for power play a low significance in their forces. Also increase in managerialism has led to reductions in motivation.

Research limitations/implications – The paper provides a limited focus due to the nature of being a small scale study.

Practical implications – The paper considers the drivers which motivate academics. Managers and HR departments may consider approaches to managing and leading individuals to achieve improved organisational performance.

Originality/value – The paper focuses on motivational drivers within the academy

Keywords – academics, motivational drivers, higher education

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Emerald in Journal of Management Development on 11/07/2016, available online: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/JMD-09-2015-0140
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/JMD-09-2015-0140
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
School/Department: York Business School
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/1586

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