EARLY THEORIES OF MOTIVATION
In the 1950s three specific theories were formulated and are the best known:
These early theories are important to understand because they represent a foundation from
which contemporary theories have grown. Practicing managers still regularly use these theories
and their terminology in explaining employee motivation.
CONTEMPORARY THEORIES OF MOTIVATION
The following theories are considered contemporary not because they necessarily were developed recently, but because they represent the current state of the art in explaining employee motivation.
Mcclelland's Theory of Needs
Cognitive Evaluation Theory
Goal Setting Theory
Job Design Theory
The Job Characteristics Model
Social Information Processing Model
Each theory is explained in detail with a separate post. Please refer those post for more details.
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