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Contemporary Motivation Theories

Contemporary Motivation Theories

Author: Jeff Carroll

This lesson discusses the major modern theories of motivation relevant to business.

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Terms to Know
  • Equity Theory

    A theory of motivation which argues that employees will work more consistently and generally enjoy their job more, if they believe all employees are being treated in the same manner.

  • Expectancy Theory

    A theory of motivation which argues that individuals will work harder if they believe that what they expect and want will actually happen.

  • Goal Setting Theory

    A theory of motivation which argues that setting meaningful goals will increase productivity.

  • Management by Objectives (MBO)

    A system of management which argues that if both managers and employees understand and agree upon the organizational objectives then there will be higher motivation and productivity.

  • Participative Management and Empowerment

    A system of management which argues that engaging employees in decision making about thier work will increase job satification.