2002 Volume 1 Issue 1 Pages 1-8
In most Japanese major companies, white-collar workers are engaged in lifetime employment system and seniority-based pay system. Since noncontingent money payments do not decrease intrinsic motivation, those companies provide a favorable and unique opportunity to observe and test intrinsic motivation. The present study tests a version of E. L. Deci's (1975) hypothesis that, if a person's feeling of self-determination is enhanced, his or her job satisfaction will increase. With a measure of self-determination which was first developed, the hypothesis is supported by data from 10,916 white-collar workers in 385 organizational units of 46 Japanese major companies: There is a strong linear relationship between the job satisfaction and the degree of self-determination.