Linking job dissatisfaction, learning motivation, creative work involvement, and proactive personality


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This study examines the links among job dissatisfaction, intrinsic and extrinsic learning motivation, and creative work involvement (CWI). It also investigates the moderating effect of proactive personality. The research data were obtained from two surveys conducted four months apart involving 271 employees. Negative impacts of job dissatisfaction on (1) intrinsic learning motivation and (2) CWI were discovered. Positive impacts of both intrinsic and extrinsic learning motivation on CWI were found. Intrinsic learning motivation mediated the relationship between job dissatisfaction and CWI. In addition, proactive personality played moderating roles in the relationships between job dissatisfaction and (1) intrinsic learning motivation, extrinsic learning motivation and (2) CWI.

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    • Figure 1. Research framework
    • Table 1. Discriminant validity for intrinsic and extrinsic learning motivation
    • Table 2. Means, standard deviations, and correlations
    • Table 3. Model comparison
    • Table 4. Moderating effects of proactive personality