Evidence of Public Service Motivation and Job Satisfaction of Public Sector Employees in China

  • Chunkui Zhu School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
  • Chen Wu School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
  • Min Yan School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University, Shanghai, China


The main purpose of this paper is to investigate how generalizable the public service motivation (PSM) is to China and examine the instrumentality through which individual PSM may affect work attitudes in an administrative or public organization. Using the data from the questionnaire among the Provincial Governments in China, the structure of PSM and the effects of PSM on job satisfaction (JS) is explored. The survey is coverage of provincial government departments’ employees in China, and a total of 1027 effective samples were collected. A variety of research methods are used, such as descriptive statistics analysis, exploratory factor analysis, correlation analysis, and regression analysis and so on. These studies not only explore and examine the constitution and adaptability of PSM, but also produce interesting results that relate to the history and institutional background of Chinese administrative or public organizations.


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