Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Dr. Elizabeth Shoenfelt, Director, Dr. Reagan Brown, Dr. Aaron Wichman

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


Organizational Citizenship Behavior (OCB) is considered behavior that benefits others, but is not a part of the employee’s job description. Research has indicated that OCB can be divided into two categories, behavior that is directed towards other individuals (OCBI) and behavior that is directed towards the organization (OCBO). Research has also suggested that there are three different motives behind OCB, impression management, prosocial values, and organizational concern. This study examines the relationship between the motives and the type of OCB that is performed. The results failed to indicate that motives matter in determining which type of OCB is performed. Additionally, participants in all three motives were more likely to engage in OCBO behavior than in OCBI behavior.


Industrial and Organizational Psychology | Psychology