The Relationship between WorkRelated Attention, Motivating Potential of Jobs, and Job Effectiveness Outcomes


  • George S. Nogradi
  • John K. Yardley
  • Michael A. Kanters


Job characteristics theory, core job dimensions, motivating potential of jobs, job effectiveness outcomes, work-related attention, recreation and leisure service organizations, management


While job characteristics theory has been the prominent model for assessing and designing jobs, it has received its share of criticism. Much of the criticism has been leveled at the failure of researchers to consider personwork environment interactions and the failure to explore other potentially significant variables in such interact)ons other than those included in the original model. This study was designed to address both criticisms by introducing a new individual difference variable (work-related attention) and exploring the role of this variable on the job dimensions and outcome interactions. The results, based on 186 full-time recreation practitioners, indicate that work-related attention is significantly related to job effectiveness outcomes and moderates the relationship between the motivating potential of jobs and job effectiveness outcomes. Possible expl~riations of the results and implications for managers is presented in detail.





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