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Theories of Motivation

What is a motivation theory?
Human motivation is the reason for people’s actions, willingness and goals. The word motivation is derived from the word motive, which means ‘the need that demands satisfaction’. Examples of needs are wants or desires acquired through the influence of society, lifestyle or culture. When it comes to motivation, it entails either intrinsic or extrinsic motivation. The difference is made clear in, among other things, the Self Determination Theory of Deci and Ryan.

What is a motivation theory?
Human motivation is the reason for people’s actions, willingness and goals. The word motivation is derived from the word motive, which means ‘the need that demands satisfaction’. Examples of needs are wants or desires acquired through the influence of society, lifestyle or culture. When it comes to motivation, it entails either intrinsic or extrinsic motivation. The difference is made clear in, among other things, the Self Determination Theory of Deci and Ryan.

In addition, a distinction is made between content theories and process theories. The content theories mainly focus on what it is exactly that motivates people, while process theories focus on how human behavior is motivated. Content theories are the first scientific theories of motivation. In the workplace, these theories have had a major impact on the way management is carried out.

Examples of well-known content theories of motivation include Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, Alderfer’s ERG Theory, McClelland’s Motivation Theory, and Frederick Herzberg’s Two Factor Theory. Examples of well-known process theories of motivation include Skinner’s Reinforcement Theory, Victor Vroom’s Expectancy Theory, Locke’s Goal-Setting Theory, and Adam’s Equity Theory.

Over the last decade, interest in motivation theories and methods has grown in business. This is because research has shown that the most productive employees are those who are well motivated. That is why it’s important that the employer improves as many motivator and hygiene factors as possible.

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Varioues theories of motivation

What are the most famous and effective motivation theories? How can I use these theories to work on my own motivation? How does my motivation affect my performance and goals? How can I develop motivation in an effective and sustainable way? The articles with the tag motivation theory deal with the different methods and styles of motivation on both a professional and personal level.

David McClelland biography, books and theory

March 19th, 2024

David McClelland (1917 – 1998) was an American psychologist, academician and scientist. David McClelland became famous with his work on McClelland Theory of Motivation. Next to that, based on his achievements (research, development and many scientific articles), he was…

McClelland Theory of Motivation

March 19th, 2024

McClelland Theory of Motivation: this article explains the McClelland Theory of Motivation, developed by David McClelland, in a practical way. Next to what this theory is, this article also highlights the Iceberg model and linking this Theory of…

Bruce Tuckman biography, books and model

March 15th, 2024

Bruce Tuckman (1938 – 2016) was a scientist, consultant and Professor Emeritus of Educational Psychology at The Ohio State University. Bruce Tuckman is best known for his five stages of group development, also known as the Forming Storming Norming Performing

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Theory explained

February 28th, 2024

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: this article explains the theory of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs in a practical way. After reading about the theory and the levels of Maslow’s pyramid, you will understand the basics of this human motivation theory. Enjoy…

ERG Theory of Motivation by Clayton Alderfer

February 26th, 2024

ERG Theory of Motivation: this article explains the ERG Theory of Motivation by Clayton Alderfer in a practical way. The article starts with a general definition, followed by an elaboration of the three levels of motivation. It is also described…
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