Work Motivation: History, Theory, Research, and Practice

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SAGE, 2012 - Business & Economics - 424 pages
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Work Motivation: History, Theory, Research, and Practice provides unique behavioural science frameworks for motivating employees in organizational settings. Drawing upon his experiences as a staff psychologist and consultant to organizations, author Gary Latham has written this book in a "mentor voice" that is highly personal and rich in examples, including enduring influences of mentors on researchers in the field.

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- includes anecdotes about and from the major thought leaders in the field of motivation: Personal insights from and about leading personalities in the field of motivation such as Bandura, Frese, Hough, Judge, Kanfer, Lawler, Locke, Pinder, Rousseau, and Vroom make the material come alive. Behind-the-scenes accounts of research and the researchers who conducted studies in North America, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe are addressed.

- offers a chronological review of the research on and theories of motivation in the workplace: Written in a meaningful and memorable style, a comprehensive treatment of work motivation is given from the end of the 19th century to the present.

- provides a taxonomy for the study and practice of motivation: The book explains how and why to take into account a person's needs, values, work setting, goals, moods, and emotions. Controversies of theoretical and practical significance such as the importance of money, the relationship between job satisfaction and job performance, and the distinction between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation are captured and resolved.

 

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Contents

PersonEnvironment Fit
Thirteen Critical Incidents in the Life of a ScientistPractitioner
Understanding the Past
Biology Behavior and Money
Dust Bowl Empiricism
The Emergence of Theory
The Employee Is Immersed in Thought
Chapter 5 20thCentury Controversies
Goals Feedback and SelfRegulation
Chapter 10 Social Cognitive Theory
The Employee Has Feelings Too
Part III Future Directions and Potential Misdirections
Chapter 12 Boundaryless Psychology
Part IV Epilogue
Chapter 13 The Art of Practice
References

Examining the Present 20002010
The Starting Point of Motivation
Distal Predictors of Motivation
TransSituational Goals
Index
About the Author
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About the author (2012)

Gary Latham is the Secretary of State Professor of Organizational Effectiveness in the Rotman School School of Management at the University of Toronto.  He is a Past President of the Canadian Psychological Association, a Fellow of the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society, Canadian Psychological Association, and the Royal Society of Canada.  He is the only person to receive both the awards for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology as a Profession and as a Science from the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology.  He is also the recipient of the Scholarly Practitioner and the Heneman Career Achievement Award from the Academy of Management Human Resource Division.  He is the co-author of A Theory of Goal Setting and Task Performance with Edwin A. Locke; and Increasing Productivity through Performance Appraisal, and Developing and Training Human Resources, both with K. N. Wexley.

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