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New article: Relational Job Characteristics and Prosocial Motivation (ROPPA)

In a new article, we examine how reform alters job conditions, and thereby unintendedly feeds back to the work motivation of workers.

We examine the context of youth care in The Netherlands, where a recent reform reduces the impact on and contact with clients that professionals perceive. Drawing on a unique, longitudinal dataset, we show how reductions in these relationship job characteristics are negatively related to prosocial motivation.

This study provides evidence for the dynamic nature of prosocial motivations, and is of practical importance for youth care in The Netherlands since it informs the unintended consequences of a the decentralization reform.

The article is published in Review of Public Personnel Administration is freely available (open access) via this link.