Work motivation, personality, and culture: Comparing Australia and India

Trishita Mathew, Richard E. Hicks, Mark Bahr

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The influences of motivation and personality in relation to performance have been examined extensively in the research literature,but there has been only limited attention given to the influence of these facets on performance across cultures. There is an increasing use of international resources and alliances aimed at better economic management in many global companies, but more needs to be known about how cultural issues are related to individual motivation, personality and perceptions of performance. Moreover, there are several theories of motivation, but the transferability of these theories to different cultures has been questioned. Thus, a model of motivation, personality characteristics and cultural differences influencing performance is proposed and will be tested in a cross-cultural comparison. Specifically, motivational influences, personality characteristics and cultural differences in Australia and India will be examined in relation to performance in two contexts, the first, in the educational setting dealing with students and their attitudes and approaches, and the second, in the workplace setting dealing with workers in their attitudes and approaches. It is hoped the findings will have both theoretical implications for the model of motivation-personality-culture- performance and practical implications for selection, training, development and compensation in dealing with a global workforce. The current paper reports the main basis for the research to come, outlining the importance of understanding the India-Australia similarities and differences in personality and motivation, and indicates what the implications for cross-cultural relationships are.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSteering the Cultural Dynamics
Subtitle of host publicationSelected Papers from the 2010 Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology
EditorsY. Kashima, E. Kashima, R. Beatson
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
PublisherInternational Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)978984562732
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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