Motivation and self-realization: A study of newly graduated, newly hired engineers in the Norwegian oil industry

Jan Trzos-Oftedal

Student thesis: Master thesis


This thesis examines the motivational factors at work, specifically the implications of self-realization, from the perspective of post-bureaucracy while also looking at the tensions that the ideals for motivation and self-realization create for newly graduated, newly hired engineers in the Norwegian oil industry. The objective is to gain insight into a specific segment of knowledge-intensive workers and how they relate to the topics of motivation and self-realization. I have done this using a phenomenological method with qualitative semi-constructed interviews. The results show three main motivational points: self-development, affiliation and financial motivation, where self-development is important focal point because it helps develop the thesis’s conclusion on self-realization. Furthermore, the thesis addresses what seems to create tensions for the subjects and perspectives on how they handle the tensions. The results of this thesis are concerning a specific and important part of Norwegian oil industry, namely the newly hired, newly graduated engineers.

EducationsMSocSc in Human Resource Management, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2013
Number of pages71