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Work Motivation

Work Motivation
History, Theory, Research, and Practice

Second Edition

December 2011 | 456 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
A seminal work in the field of motivation by the leading author on the topic, this classic has been fully revised and updated to include and distill the most current research from top international scholars. Drawing upon his experiences as a staff psychologist and consultant, Gary P. Latham writes in a mentor voice that is highly personal and rich in examples, providing a unique behavioral science framework for motivating employees in organizational settings. The book offers a chronological review of the field, and a taxonomy for the study and practice of motivation, complete with anecdotes about the major thought leaders in the field of motivation and behind-the-scenes research accounts. Highlights of this updated edition include new findings in goal-setting research, including insight into the dark side of goal-setting; more on the self in motivation, including self-regulated learning, self-evaluation methods, and the significance of self-efficacy as a predictor of performance and satisfaction; and more trending in the area of positive psychology and prosocial behavior in organizations.

Preface and Acknowledgments: Person-Environment Fit
Introduction: Thirteen Critical Incidents in the Life of a Scientist-Practitioner
Chapter 1: 1900–1925: Biology, Behavior, and Money
Chapter 2: 1925–1950: Dust Bowl Empiricism
Chapter 3: 1950–1975: The Emergence of Theory
Chapter 4: 1975–2000: The Employee Is Immersed in Thought
Chapter 5: 20th-Century Controversies
Chapter 6: Needs: The Starting Point of Motivation
Chapter 7: Personality Traits: Distal Predictors of Motivation
Chapter 8: Values: Trans-Situational Goals
Chapter 9: Cognition: Goals, Feedback, and Self-Regulation
Chapter 10: Social Cognitive Theory
Chapter 11: Affect/Emotion: The Employee Has Feelings Too
Chapter 12: Boundaryless Psychology
Chapter 13: The Art of Practice

Very good overview of motivation theories. Appropriate for master's students.

Dr Isabel Dimas
Economics, University of Coimbra
January 24, 2020

A small reference book that is easy to follow and packed full of useful theories around motivation. Current and easy to find your way around the index.

Mrs Laura Castles
Management, Torfaen Training
March 24, 2019

An excellent book, well written and accessible. Some small updates and enjoyed the inclusion of attachment styles

Mr Gary Pheiffer
School of Psychology, London Metropolitan University
February 12, 2016

I originally looked at this for our ERM course but it finished in 2014. HOwever, I now recommend this to students on our Social Psychology of Work (undergraduate L5 option) who want to look at work motivation in more detail. It is a very thorough text

Mr Neill Thompson
School of Psychology and Sport Science, Northumbria University
April 16, 2015

A great book that covers many theories. We took this text on our residential for students to prepare presentations on motivation

Mrs Nikki Southgate
February 18, 2015

Great book, contains many anecdotes as well as detailing the evidence base. Interestingly structured in terms of a timeline. Only irritation is the vast number of footnotes, which sometimes take 2/3 of the page.

Dr Manda Branson
Sch of Psychology & Clinical Lang Sci, Reading University
September 26, 2014

I have recommended this book to several of my students. It provides an excellent overview of the theoretical underpinnings of employee motivation and job satisfaction.

Miss Moya Lerigo-Jones
Faculty of Social Science and Business, University of Plymouth
October 24, 2013

This is the best text on motivation theories that I have found. It is easy for the students to understand.

Professor Constance Thompson
Psychology Dept, Edgewood College
September 2, 2013

This is an excellent book on motivation but does not fit into my present modules.

Dr Chuma Osuchukwu
Postgraduate Faculty, London School of Business and Management
November 24, 2012

Very good book indeed. I really enjoyed reading it and told the new MSc intake that they would enjoy this if they wanted to buy something more in depth on work motivation for themselves. I loved the historical aspect to it.

Dr Christine Sprigg
Management School, Sheffield University
September 27, 2012

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