Quotation Bidee, Jemima, Vantilborgh, Tim, Pepermans, Roland, Huybrechts, Gert, Willems, Jurgen, Jegers, Marc. 2013. Autonomous Motivation Stimulates Volunteers’ Work Effort: A Self-Determination Theory Approach to Volunteerism. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. 24 (1), 32-47.


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Although today’s nonprofit organizations make a strong appeal to volunteers, they often have difficulties with attracting and retaining these free labor forces. In this sense, studying the motivation of volunteers and its effects proves useful. In the present article, we investigate the relationship between volunteers’ motivation and their self-reported work effort, while relying on the Self-Determination Theory. The results indicate a positive link between volunteers’ autonomous motivation and work effort. Moreover, this relationship holds for each person in our sample, irrespective of the organization in which she/he is volunteering. Implications for future research, as well as the practical impact of these findings, are discussed.

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  • Nonprofit
  • survey
  • Volunteering
  • SDT
  • Self-determination
  • Motivation
  • Work effort

Publication's profile

Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new INF-A, MAN-A, STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title Autonomous Motivation Stimulates Volunteers’ Work Effort: A Self-Determination Theory Approach to Volunteerism
Volume 24
Number 1
Year 2013
Page from 32
Page to 47
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.researchgate.net/publication/234162968_Autonomous_Motivation_Stimulates_Volunteers'_Work_Effort_A_Self-Determination_Theory_Approach_to_Vo
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11266-012-9269-x
Open Access N

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Willems, Jurgen (Details)
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Bidee, Jemima (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
Huybrechts, Gert (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
Jegers, Marc (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
Pepermans, Roland (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
Vantilborgh, Tim (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5363 Non-profit-sector research (NPO, NPI) (Details)
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