Document Type : Research Paper


1 Assistant Professor, Physical Education Department, Literature and Humanities Faculty, Shahrekord University, Shahrekord, Iran

2 MSc. of Sport Management, Islamic Azad University, Mobarakeh Branch, Mobarakeh, Iran

3 Assistant Professor, Physical Education Department, Humanities Faculty, Islamic Azad University, Arak Branch, Arak, Iran


This study aimed at examining the effect of employees’ work motivation on organizational citizenship behaviors in Sport and Youth offices of Chaharmahal-va-Bakhtiari province. All employees (N=152) in these offices completed Motivation Sources Inventory (Barbuto et al., 2004), and their leaders evaluated their organizational citizenship behaviors by Organizational Citizenship Behavior Scale (Podsakoff et al., 1990). Out of 150 distributed questionnaires, 140 (92.5%) were returned and considered as the sample of the study. Results showed a significant and positive relationship between dimensions of work motivation and OCB (r=0.29, P<0.01). Multi-regression analysis also revealed that two dimensions of work motivation (internal self-concept motivation and instrumental motivation) could predict OCB significantly. Structural equation modeling showed that 24% of variance of OCB could be explained by work motivation. These results indicated that each dimension of work motivation could explain employees’ organizational citizenship behaviors to some extent and managers need to identify and improve these dimensions, especially internal self-concept motivation and instrumental motivation in order to enhance the incidence of their employees' organizational citizenship behaviors and finally the effectiveness of their organization.


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