My dissertation research was designed to identify how an individual’s work motivation affects his/her organizational commitment and job satisfaction in different countries. The research was a cross-cultural study based on data collected from the United States and China. The research concluded that employees motivated by the enjoyment of their job will have high levels of commitment to their organization and greater job satisfaction. Unlike employees in the U.S., employees in China do not regard the loss of enjoyment of their job as a consequence associated with leaving an organization. The most important finding of this research is that monetary reward is much more important in China than in the U.S. in terms of affecting an employee’s organizational commitment.
My dissertation research is in both international management and organizational behavior fields. 330 samples were collected by questionnaire from education and research institutions in the two countries, and analyzed using partial least square (PLS) based structural equation modeling (SEM).