Professional Motivations Research Lab

Working to Benefit Society
The Professional Motivations Research Lab (PMRL) takes an interdisciplinary perspective to understand reasons and contexts that best support professionals who work to benefit society.
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What's Motivating Canadian Public Servants
“I think the fact that I can do some really good work, be proud of the projects I did, and that a number of my recommendations were accepted,  and I can see how they influence decision making. I take a lot of pride in that, and that motivates me to keep going.” - Participant 35
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71 Interviews Conducted with Public Administration Alumni
The life course analysis research team has conducted 71 interviews with alumni of Canadian graduate programs in public administration.
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Public Service Motivation Realist Review
Our team of two research assistants and two summer interns has reviewed and analyzed data from 341 public service motivation survey-based articles.
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About Public Service Motivation​

Public Service Motivation (PSM) is a theory of pro-social motivation in the context of public service employment, such as employment in governments, health care, or non-governmental charitable organizations. Click to learn more.

Our Current Projects on Public Service Motivation

Our team is currently working on two active projects. Find out why these projects are of importance and how you can get involved.

Publications on PSM and Professional Motivations

Our researchers have published work related to PSM and professional motivation more broadly in a variety of employment contexts. Click to view our publications.

Our Team

Our team includes researchers from diverse disciplines including public administration, human resources, leadership, psychology, information management, and economics. The combination of expertise and perspectives allows for a comprehensive analysis of modern workplace issues.

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