A motivation profile analysis: the case of temporary agency work

Filipa Sobral, Sílvia Lopes, Maria José Chambel, Filipa Castanheira

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With the aim of providing a valuable resource to access the motivations of contingent workers, this chapter is divided in two parts. The first part introduces the basic concepts of the self-determination theory and shows how these principles can be applied to the specific context of temporary agency workers (TAW; a type of contingent employee). It also presents a measure developed by Lopes and Chambel (2014) to assess TAW‟s motivation toward their employment situation. The second part, addresses the study and construction of a TAW motivation profile. The results confirm the validity of the instrument in use (Lopes and Chambel, 2014) and identify five different profiles: the High Involuntary, with the domain of the external motivation; the Low Motivation, with low scores in all of the motivations; the Moderate Involuntary, in which the differences between external, identified, and integrated motivations are much lower than those presented by High Involuntary profile; the Moderate Balance with the majority of motivations being at a moderate level; and the Balance Motivation with all motivations scoring above the mid-scale point. We demonstrate that these profiles relate to individual personal characteristics and TAWs‟ well-being (inside and outside work).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe self-determination theory applied to the new work arrangements
EditorsMaria José Chambel
PublisherNova Publishers
Number of pages34
ISBN (Electronic)9781634827621
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Self-determination theory
  • Temporary agency workers
  • Motivations
  • Validity
  • Profile analysis
  • Demographic characteristics
  • Wellbeing


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