1st Edition

Work Motivation Past, Present and Future

Edited By Ruth Kanfer, Gilad Chen, Robert D. Pritchard Copyright 2008
    716 Pages
    by Routledge

    716 Pages
    by Routledge

    This edited volume in SIOP's Organizational Frontiers Series presents the current thinking and research on the important area of motivation.Work Motivation is a central issue in Industrial organizational psychology, human resource management and organizational behavior. In this volume the editors and authors show that motivation must be seen as a multi-level phenomenon where individual, group, organizational and cultural variables must be considered to truly understand it. The book adopts an overall framework that encompasses "internal" - from the person - forces and "external" - from the immediate and more distant environment - forces. It is destined to challenge scholars of organizations to give renewed emphasis and attention to advancing our understanding of motivation in work situations.

    Series Forward

    Robert D. Pritchard


    Lyman Porter

    Preface and Acknowledgements

    The Authors


    I. Scientific Foundations

    Chapter 1: The three C’s of work motivation: Content, context, and change

    Ruth Kanfer, Robert D. Pritchard, & Gilad Chen

    Chapter 2: The measurement and analysis of motivation

    Robert E. Ployhart

    Chapter 3: Motivation for what: The criterion question

    Reeshad Dalal & Charles L. Hulin

    II. Motivational Processes

    Chapter 4: Goal choice and decision processes

    Howard J. Klein, James T. Austin, & Joesph T. Cooper

    Chapter 5: Goal striving and self-regulation processes

    James M. Diefendorff & Robert G. Lord

    Chapter 6: Self-regulation and multiple deadline goals

    Terence R. Mitchell, Wendy S. Harman, Thomas W. Lee, & Dong-Yeol Lee

    III. Proximal Environmental Influences

    Chapter 7: Designing motivating jobs: An expanded framework for linking work

    characteristics and motivation

    Sharon K. Parker & Sandra Ohly

    Chapter 8: Motivation in and of work teams: A multi-level perspective

    Gilad Chen & Celile Gogus

    Chapter 9: Leadership processes and work motivation

    Stephen J. Zaccaro, Katherine Hildebrand, & Jonathan Nelson

    Chapter 10: Organizational systems and employee motivation

    Wendy R. Boswell, Alexander J.S. Colvin, & Todd C. Darnold

    IV. Temporal and Distal Contextual influences

    Chapter 11: Motivation to engage in training and career development

    Daniel C. Feldman & Thomas W. H. Ng

    Chapter 12: Successful Navigation of Career Transitions: Implications for and

    from work motivation theory

    Connie R. Wanberg & John Kammeyer-Mueller

    Chapter 13: Non-work influences on work motivation

    Ellen E. Kossek & Kaumudi Misra

    Chapter 14: Socio-cultural influences on work motivation

    Miriam Erez

    V. Future prospects

    Chapter 15: Essays from Allied Disciplines

      1. Introduction
      2. Making time for memory and remembering time in motivation theory

    Stephen M. Fiore

    C. The Social Context of Work Motivation: A Social-Psychological Perspective

    Verlin B. Hinsz

    D. Motivation and expertise at work: A Human Factors Perspective

    Eduardo Salas, Katherine A. Wilson, & Rebecca Lyons

    E. Motivation in health psychology: A Social-Cognitive Perspective

    James E. Maddux

    F. Law and motivation

    Gary L. Renz & Richard D. Arvey

    G. Work motivation: Insights from Economics

    Bruce E. Kaufman

    Chapter 16: Work Motivation: Forging New Perspectives and Directions in the


    Ruth Kanfer, Gilad Chen, & Robert D. Pritchard

    Author Biographies


    Ruth Kanfer received her Ph.D. in 1981 from Arizona State University. She was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Quantitative Psychology at the University of Illinois (1981-1983) and served on the faculty at the University of Minnesota (1984-1997). Since 1997, she has served as a Professor of Psychology at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research interests are in motivation and self-regulation in the context of complex skill training, job performance, team performance, employee development, and job search and reemployment. She is author of over 60 articles and chapters on these topics, and is co-editor of Emotions in the Workplace (2002) and Learning, Motivation, and Methodology (1989). She has received several research awards for her work on motivation, including the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award (2007) and the William R. Owens Scholarly Achievement Award (2006) from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology ), the Organizational Psychology Division Outstanding Publication of the Year from the Academy of Management (1989), and the Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution in Applied Research (1989) from the American Psychological Association. She served on the Academy of Management Board of Governors (2004-2007), and served or has served on nine journal editorial boards, including Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Applied Psychology: An International Review, and Journal of Management.. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Office of Naval Research, the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the National Institutes of Health, the Spencer Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Georgia Department of Labor, and private organizations. She is a Fellow in the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society.

    Gilad Chen is an Associate Professor of Management & Organization in the Robert H. Smith School of Business, at the University of Maryland. He received his doctoral degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from George Mason University in 2001. His research on work motivation, teams and leadership, and multilevel phenomena has appeared in such journals as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, and Research in Organizational Behavior, and has been funded by U.S. Army Research Institute. He is a recipient of several research awards, including the 2007 Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology’s Distinguished Early Career Contributions Award. He either serves or has served on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Journal, Applied Psychology: An International Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Journal of Management, and is currently serving as Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Psychology.

    Robert D. Pritchard received his Ph.D. in 1969 from the University of Minnesota. He is currently a Professor of Psychology and Management at the University of Central Florida. His primary interest is in motivation and in measuring and improving organizational performance. He has given workshops, symposia, and other presentations on his work in the US, Canada, England, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, the Czech Republic, Sweden, and Russia. He has received several research awards including the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology in 2002 for his work on motivation and performance. He is a Fellow in the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society.


    "This is a timely and important volume that presents the latest thinking in motivation. Every serious motivation researcher worldwide will wnat to have this copy on his or her desk."

    Michael Frese, past president IAAP, Univ. of Giessen and London Business School

    This excellent book offers a sophisticated, forward-looking treatment of one of the most important constructs in I/O psychology—work motivation. It's a highly informative edited volume that provides in depth understanding of motivational processes relative to individual differences in motivation and how these processes operate in different organizational contexts. This will be a primary sourcebook for many years, with graduate students and organizational scholars likely the main audience.

    Walter C. Borman

    PDRI, Inc., and University of South Florida