Work Motivation: Directing, Energizing, and Maintaining Effort (and Research)

Adam M. Grant and Jihae Shin

in The Oxford Handbook of Human Motivation

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780195399820
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Work Motivation: Directing, Energizing, and Maintaining Effort (and Research)

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This chapter provides an overview of contemporary research on work motivation. We start by identifying the central premises, controversies, and unanswered questions related to five core theoretical perspectives on work motivation: expectancy theory, equity theory, goal-setting theory, job design, and self-determination theory. We then discuss four current topics and new directions: collective motivation and organizing, temporal dynamics, creativity, and the effects of rewards.

Keywords: work motivation; expectancy theory; equity theory; goal setting; job design; self-determination theory; organizing; creativity; rewards

Article.  11601 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology

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