Motivation in Organisations: Searching for a Meaningful Work-Life Balance extends the current motivation models in business education to include motives of human behaviour that have been neglected for decades. It debunks some of the myths on human motivation (self-interest as the dominant factor, amorality and non-spirituality) and explains why this approach to teaching business is erroneous and leads to wrong and harmful practices in many organisations.
In a very personal and engaging style, the author presents a "Map of Motivations", based on a humanistic approach to management. This includes the latest findings of Abraham H. Maslow supported by sound philosophical reflections and modern research. He also presents specific ways of putting the framework into practice, sharing stories from students and professionals of how this framework has helped them to better understand their own motivations and to look at their daily work in a much more meaningful way.
The book is highly relevant to students and researchers in Humanistic Management, People Management, Organisational Behaviour, Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability. In short, this text will be truly inspiring to anyone who wants to reflect on motivations in organisations and how to achieve a better work-live balance.
Table of Contents
Part I. Mapping the Territory of Human Motivations. 1. Human Motivation Theories: Are They Really Human? 2. The Extrinsic Moral Motivations: Human Yearning for Dignity. 3. The Intrinsic Moral Motivations: Aiming to Do the Right Thing. Part II. Exploring the Region of Higher Human Motivations. 4. The Transcendent Motivations: Human Readiness to Give. 5. The Spiritual Motivations: Human Aspiration for the Highest Goods. 6. The Religious Motivations: Human Longing for God's Love. Part III. Using the Map of Motivations: Towards Higher Meaningful Work. 7. The Map Coordinates for Motivations: The Logic of Love in Organisations. 8. The Compass for Motivations: Searching for a Meaningful Work-Life Balance. 9. The Roadmap for Motivations: Always Searching for Higher Meaningful Work.
Manuel Guillén is Associate Professor of Management, Organizational Behavior and Professional Ethics at the University of Valencia (UV), Spain, and specializes in the area of leadership and trust in organizations. He is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Ethics in Communication and in Organizations (IECO), and Director of the IECO-UV Chair of Business Ethics. For eight years, he has been the General Secretary of the Spanish branch of the European Business Ethics Network (EBEN-Spain). Co-Founder of the International Humanistic Management Association Center Consortium. He is regular visiting researcher at Harvard University, where he is currently the Representative of the University of Valencia Grants Program.