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An Examination of Volunteer Motivation in Credit Unions: Informing Volunteer Resource Management

Ward, Anne Marie and McKillop, Donal G. (2011) An Examination of Volunteer Motivation in Credit Unions: Informing Volunteer Resource Management. Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, 82 (3). pp. 253-275. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8292.2011.00438.x


Volunteer recruitment and retention is a problem that most creditunions experience. Research suggests that knowledge of volunteer motivation caninform volunteer management strategies. This paper uses a survey approach todetermine whether current volunteers in credit unions in Northern Ireland are moremotivated by the actual act of volunteering, by the output from the volunteeringactivity (including altruism) or because the volunteering activity increases theirhuman capital value. Altruistic reasons are found to be the most influential, withthe act of volunteering also scoring highly. This knowledge should inform volunteerrecruitment programmes and internal appraisal processes as management canreinforce messages that provide positive feedback to volunteers on the social benefitsbeing achieved by the credit union. This will further motivate current volunteers,ensuring retention. When motivation was analyzed by volunteer characteristics wefound that older volunteers, retired volunteers and volunteers who are less educatedare more motivated in their role. There was little evidence that individuals volunteerto improve their human capital worth.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Credit Unions, Volunteerism, Motivation, Altruism
Faculties and Schools:Ulster Business School > Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics
Ulster Business School
Research Institutes and Groups:Business and Management Research Institute
ID Code:20079
Deposited By: Professor Anne-Marie Ward
Deposited On:01 Feb 2012 16:53
Last Modified:01 Feb 2012 16:53

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