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Title: Investigating motivations and volunteering outcomes in local government : evidence from Malta
Authors: Bezzina, Frank
Azzopardi, Joseph G.
Mckiernan, Peter
Keywords: Local government -- Malta -- Case studies
Volunteer workers in government -- Malta
Motivation (Psychology) -- Case studies
Issue Date: 2012-09
Publisher: British Academy of Management (BAM)
Citation: Bezzina, F., Azzopardi, J. G., & Mckiernan, P. (2012). Investigating motivations and volunteering outcomes in local government : evidence from Malta. British Academy of Management 2012 Conference, Management Research Revisited: Prospects for Theory and Practice, Cardiff.
Abstract: This empirical study attempts to provide a better understanding and assessment of the motivations of local government volunteers in Malta. By adopting a functional approach to volunteerism, the Volunteer Functions Inventory (VFI) is modified to reflect seven primary motivations that volunteering in the Maltese local council environment can serve (values, social, understanding, career, political, enhancement and protective). The responses of 152 local councillors/mayors revealed that volunteers who received greater amounts of functionally relevant benefits reported more satisfaction and a stronger intention to continue volunteering in local councils. The aggregated effect of multiple motives as well as other person-based determinants (marital status and education) produced a significant impact on volunteering outcomes in the “strong” situational context of the Maltese local council environment. The findings are discussed and the study provides practical recommendations for marketing local government positions and for optimising the fit between local government organisations and their key resources.
Description: Acknowledgements: We would like to thank Mr. Anton Falzon, Executive Secretary of the Zejtun Local Council, for inspiring us to conduct this study. We extend our gratitude to Mr. Michael Cohen, the President of the Local Council Association, for helping us in gaining access to the local councillors and majors and the survey respondents for providing us with the necessary information to carry out this study. We are also grateful to Prof. Godfrey Pirotta, Prof. Edward Zammit and Dr. Edward Warrington from the University of Malta for providing us with valuable information on Malta’s system of government and administration. Finally, we would like to thanks the anonymous reviewers for their constructive feedback.
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