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Account of Employee Motivation and Reward
A review of the extent to which behaviorism offers a viable account of employee motivation and reward.
# 106041 | 3,581 words | 15 sources | APA | 2008 | US

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The paper discusses that understanding what motivates people to accomplish organizational goals has been the focus of researchers for a number of years. The paper states that a number of psychological and management theories have been advanced over the years to explain why humans behave the way they do, and what motivates them in positive and negative ways. The paper states that one of the theories that emerged in the early 20th century to help account for positive and negative motivation in organizational settings, is classical behaviorism, which the paper discusses in detail.

Review and Discussion
Background and Overview
Employee Motivation and Reward

From the Paper:

" While behaviorism may appear to be a cold-blooded approach to understanding human behavior, there are some harsh realities that must be taken into account when trying to manage large groups of people and behaviorism recognizes these human frailties. In fact, it is reasonable to assume that because people are just people, they will try to get away with whatever they can for as long as they can absent any stimulus to persuade them otherwise. Managers who understand this will be using the tenets of behaviorism whether they know it or not to achieve improved performance from their employees."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bragg, T. (2000, October). How to effectively reward and inspire your team. Occupational Hazards, 62(10), 131.
  • Cameron, J., & Pierce, W. D. (2002). Rewards and intrinsic motivation: Resolving the controversy. Westport, CT: Bergin & Garvey.
  • Erez, M., Kleinbeck, U., & Thierry, H. (2001). Work motivation in the context of a globalizing economy. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Kunkel, J. H. (1996). What have behaviorists accomplished - and what more can they do? The Psychological Record, 46(1), 21.
  • Owens, D. A., & Wagner, M. (1992). Progress in modern psychology: The legacy of American functionalism. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.

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