Attraction and Attrition under Extreme Conditions: Integrating Insights on PSM, SOC-R, SOC and Excitement Motivation

Benedikte Brincker*, Lene Holm Pedersen

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This paper expands the frontier of PSM in relation to attraction/attrition, by integrating insights from PSM, SOC, SOC-R and EM. It identifies an extreme case, which offers a basis for qualitative, conceptual generalization. The paper generates three findings. Firstly, that PSM, SOC, SOC-R and EM co-exist and overlap. Second, that while personal needs as well as responsibility are important to attraction, if needs are not met attrition is difficult. However, also other-regarding forms of motivation can lead to derecruitment. Thirdly, it informs practitioners on the need to foster communities at work places where burn-out and de-recruitement is out-spoken.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPublic Management Review
Issue number7
Pages (from-to)1051-1069
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020

Bibliographical note

Published online: 23 March 2020


  • Challenging work conditions
  • Excitement motivation
  • Public service motivation
  • Sense of community
  • Sense of community responsibility

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