IMPACT OF INTRINSIC MOTIVATION ON RESEARCH OUTCOMES OF FACULTY IN ENGINEERING INSTITUTES IN BENGALURU – AN EMPIRICAL ANALYSIS
In modern educational institutions, the teaching staff have a wide variety of tasks to be carried out spanning areas of teaching, mentoring, and student engagement, training for self and for others, curriculum design and so on. However, proving one’s acumen in research performance and productivity stands out as the most sorts after indicator of a faculty’s job profile. This is especially true in case of engineering institutes as engineering and steering innovation in the society go hand in hand. While research productivity of faculty is influenced by several factors such as the leadership in institute, environment, research culture, facilities available for research to be carried out etc, the role of intrinsic motivation is often unnoticed and vouched for in academic literature. The present study thus tries to examine the impact of intrinsic motivation measured in terms of purpose, mastery and autonomy on research performance of teaching staff of engineering institutes. The study examined the perspectives of 381 faculty spanning verticals of four branches in engineering. The mix of several designations viz assistant professor, associate professor, professor and departmental heads were considered for data collection via questionnaire. Factor analysis and regression techniques were adopted to analyze the data further. The results reveal a significant influence of intrinsic motivation measures namely autonomy, mastery and purpose on research productivity and performance of faculty members.
Research Productivity, Intrinsic Motivation, Engineering Institutes, Faculty Performance, Institutional Excellence.