Motivation and learning in manufacturing industries

Shafizal Mat, Keith Case, Shahrol Mohamaddan, Yee Mey Goh

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Problems of motivation and job satisfaction have continued to plague developing countries like Malaysia. The driving factors to motivate employees have frequently been studied, but no correlation between motivation and job satisfaction has been found. The study described here focuses on work motivation, satisfaction and performance together with their relationships with learning behaviours. The research consisted of an industrial study of 356 employees from manufacturing industries in Malaysia. Unskilled employees preferred group working on complex tasks whereas skilled employees preferred to work individually, in both cases increasing motivation, satisfaction and performance. Task complexity was found to be an important factor in job design and learning. Learning in groups was a significant factor in workplace learning for both unskilled and skilled employees. Knowledge of the relationships between motivation and learning is expected to be useful for employers and policy makers in organisations especially in manufacturing industries in Malaysia.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Manufacturing Technology XXX - Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Manufacturing Research, ICMR2016 - Incorporating the 31st National Conference on Manufacturing Research
EditorsYee Mey Goh, Keith Case
PublisherIOS Press BV
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781614996675
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event14th International Conference on Manufacturing Research, ICMR 2016 - Loughborough, United Kingdom
Duration: 2016 Sept 62016 Sept 8

Publication series

NameAdvances in Transdisciplinary Engineering
ISSN (Print)2352-751X
ISSN (Electronic)2352-7528


Conference14th International Conference on Manufacturing Research, ICMR 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Motivation
  • Performance and learning
  • Satisfaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Software
  • Algebra and Number Theory
  • Strategy and Management


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