Testing / Assessing Alderfer's ERG Theory

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Testing / Assessing Alderfer's ERG Theory
Anneke Zwart, Student (University), Netherlands, Moderator
In assessing the ERG theory of Alderfer, the main focus has often been primarily on the correlation between on one hand the theory’s components and on the other hand the working behavior of people.
A better testing method has been proposed in the article “Compensation, esteem valence and job performance”. This testing method investigates the causal linkages between working behavior and the components of ERG.
So, instead of just analyzing the correlational relationship between the needs of ERG theory and working behavior, it analyzes what needs are determinants of certain work behaviors. Advantages of this way of testing are:
  1. It addresses the concern that the working behavior is not always consistently predicted by the theories of needs. Since personality, personal values and beliefs determine the needs of people, the potential to consistently forecast behavior exist in need satisfaction. However, this need satisfaction that brings a...Sign up

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