Work Motivation

Work Motivation

Work Motivation

Work Motivation

Synopsis

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.

Excerpt

If psychology is to be used to solve problems in an important area of life as the one of work in organizations, we need to have good applied research. In the case of work motivation a solid foundation has been achieved already, the general and experimental psychology of work motivation has always been oriented towards practical issues in its development. Currently, we have reached a level, that can be considered as a model for other areas in Applied Psychology.

Therefore, the first part of the book represents current topics of research and the discussion of a central issue in the field: the relationship between motivation and performance. In focusing on the mechanisms of transforming motivation into performance the book does justice to major concerns of work psychology: understanding and promoting productivity of organizations from the perspective of performance capacities (cognitive abilities, skills) on the one side and understanding the functional processes of human motivation so that they can be used in work re-design. The second part contains practical examples of building and strengthening the motivating potential with regard to productivity and the health of employees. The development of work motivation over time and the change of the relative importance of central variables are the content of the last part of the book.

This volume developed out of a symposium on "Work Motivation" end 1987 in Leichlingen, West Germany. The symposium was sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and brought together industrial and organizational psychologists from Australia, Japan, USA and Europe. The fruitful and inspiring discussion of the presentations led to the conception . . .

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