This study assesses the relationship between prosocial motivation and commitment to change among youth care professionals. We draw on person–environment fit theory to propose that this relationship is conditional on employees’ perceived meaningfulness of the change for society and clients. Our results confirm the expected positive relationship between prosocial motivation and commitment to change. Our analysis suggests that the moderating relationship between prosocial motivation, client meaningfulness and commitment to change should be understood as a substitutive relationship: both prosocial motivation and client meaningfulness are sufficient conditions, but the presence of both is not a necessary condition for commitment to change.

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Keywords organizational change, Prosocial motivation, public professionals
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1080/14719037.2016.1183699, hdl.handle.net/1765/95906
Journal Public Management Review: an international journal of research and theory
Citation
van der Voet, J, Steijn, A.J, & Kuipers, B.S. (2017). What’s in it for others? The relationship between prosocial motivation and commitment to change among youth care professionals. Public Management Review: an international journal of research and theory, 19(4), 443–462. doi:10.1080/14719037.2016.1183699