A unique compendium of international investigations into motivation and performance, this book offers chapters by industrial and organizational psychologists from the United States, Europe, Australia, and Japan as they share their theories, concepts, empirical evidence, and practical evidence regarding the subject.
The volume focuses on three distinct themes:
* the relationship between motivation and performance
* practical examples of building and strengthening the motivating potential with particular attention paid to productivity and the health of the employees
* the development of work motivation over time and the change of the relative importance of central variables
Work Motivation provides an exceptional blend of modern theoretical approaches, technologically sound techniques for solving practical problems, and empirical results to prove theoretical and technical validities.
"On balance, Work Motivation is a significant contribution, for at least two reasons. First, its broad international scope provides a relatively rare assessment of the generality of the human phenomena related to the meaning of work, the desire to work, and the importance of work throughout large parts of the world. North American readers have not been exposed to enough research and theory of such cosmopolitan scope in the past. Second, this book provides further justification for the statement I published nearly a decade ago (Pinder, 1984) that goal setting is the most viable and -- now I would add -- vibrant approach to understanding and influencing the motivation to work. I strongly recommend this volume to students and teachers of international management and to those who are interested in a variety of issues related to the world of work."
—Administrative Science Quarterly
Contents: E.A. Fleishman, Series Foreword. Part I:Motivation, Performance, and Effectiveness. E.A. Locke, G.P. Latham, Work Motivation: The High Performance Cycle. U. Kleinbeck, K.H. Schmidt, The Translation of Work Motivation into Performance. C.H. Antoni, J. Beckmann, An Action Control Conceptualization of Goal-Setting and Feedback Effects. M. Erez, Performance Quality and Work Motivation. H. Thierry, Intrinsic Motivation Reconsidered. Part II:Design Principles for Improving Work Motivation. J.A. Algera, The Job Characteristics Model of Work Motivation Revisited. K.H. Schmidt, U. Kleinbeck, The Role of Goal Setting and Feedback in Job Design. R.D. Pritchard, Enhancing Work Motivation Through Productivity Measurement and Feedback. G.B. Graen, Designing Productive Leadership Systems to Improve Both Work Motivation and Organizational Effectiveness. H. Quast, U. Kleinbeck, S. Stachelhaus, Motivational Determinants of Absence Behavior. G.P. Latham, C.A. Frayne, Increasing Job Attendance Through Training in Self-Management: A Review of Two Field Experiments. Part III:Development and Change in Motivation. T. Matsui, M.L.U. Onglatco, Relationships Between Employee Quality Circle Involvement and Need Fulfillment in Work as Moderated by Work Type: A Compensatory or a Spillover Model? N.T. Feather, The Effects of Unemployment on Work Values and Motivation. P. Coetsier, R. Claes, Work Motivation of Youngsters Entering the Labor Market. H.J.M. Hermans, Who Shares Whose Values: Identity and Motivation in Organizations. S.A.R. Quintanilla, Major Work Meaning Patterns Toward a Holistic Picture.
Bridging both academic and applied interests, the Applied Psychology Series offers publications that emphasize state-of-the-art research and its application to important issues of human behavior in a variety of societal settings. To date, more than 50 books in various fields of applied psychology have been published in this series.
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