Siqi Gu

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Patrick Converse

Second Advisor

Darrell Norman Burrell

Third Advisor

Gary Burns

Fourth Advisor

Robert A. Taylor


Counterproductive work behaviors (CWBs) are actions that may harm employees or organizations. Understanding CWB motives may facilitate better conceptualization of different types of CWBs and reveal more about the underlying processes leading to CWBs. However, to date no systematic conceptual frameworks or empirical investigations have been developed to study CWB motives comprehensively. To address this research gap, we proposed a taxonomy of CWB motives based on both theoretical foundations and empirical results. In addition, we aimed to develop a CWB motives measure. The measure development research was carried out in two studies. We found evidence supporting our hypotheses of the factor structure of the CWB motive items, although further research is required to clarify these results. Our measure demonstrated satisfactory psychometric properties. Implications and future research direction were discussed as well.


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