Hogan’s Motives, Values, Preferences Inventory

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Note: This test review was published by BPS in 2003

Description of the Test

The MVPI is a self-report questionnaire that is occupationally oriented. It is a trait measure that is construct-based and has normative rating. The MVPI is a normative measure of motivations and values, drawing heavily on existing theoretical constructs. The ten scales measured are: Recognition - the desire to be known, recognised and visible Power - desire for challenge, competition, achievement Hedonism - orientation towards fun, pleasure and enjoyment Altruism - concern about the welfare of others Affiliation - desire for frequent social contact Tradition - morality and standards Security - order, predictability, safety Business - interest in making money, profits, business opportunities Culture - artistic interests Rationality - interest in new ideas and an analytical approach Scales are assessed by a 200-item normative questionnaire, delivered either on paper or by computer. All scoring is by computer, no hand keys or scoring algorithms are available. Three computer-generated reports are offered at differing levels of detail. The two stated purposes of the MVPI are firstly to evaluate the fit between the individual and organisational culture, and secondly to assess a person’s motives ‘directly’. The authors write: ‘standard interest measures allow inference about a person’s motives on the basis of ... expressed occupational choices. But from the MVPI, one can determine immediately the degree to which the person is motivated by security, money or fun. The only alternative to the MVPI for directly assessing a person’s motives is to use a projective measure’ (p. 11). The MVPI appears orientated mainly to individual-level assessment.

Authors: Robert Hogan & Joyce Hogan

Test Publisher: Psychological Consultancy Ltd.