2000 words (No additional leeway. In fairness to all students, penalties apply for words in excess of 2000)
Motivation: Theory and Practice
Many theories have been developed to try to capture motivational processes and predict when and how employees will and will not be motivated. Use the OB literature (texts and journal articles) to review the motivational models of Maslow, Aldefer, Herzberg and Adams (equity theory) and discuss the ways in which the theories are similar and how they are different. Explain how a manager could apply each of these theories to help reduce the problems of involuntary absenteesism in the workplace and / or employee disengagement (choose one, both or a combination of each problem).
You are required to attach to the hard copy of your assignment the front page of at least six journal articles that you used to prepare your assignment (front page only as it will show the name of the article, author’s name, journal name, year, volume and pages).
Aim of the assignment:
Students are to demonstrate a sound understanding of the abovemotivational theories. A sound understanding is demonstrated by:knowledge of the literature, a synthesis of the various ideas found in theliterature, an evaluation of the theories and application of theoreticalconcepts to management practice.
Please note, you are expected to conform to high standards of literacy and academic practice, including literature research and full documentation of sources. This means you must use references in your essay and you must cite those references both in the body of your essay and in an end reference list. Failure to do so is likely to result in a failed paper. Be sure to express the ideas you read about in your own words, but acknowledge their source by citing the reference. Avoid the use of direct quotes as they do not demonstrate to the marker your understanding of the concepts and reading material and consume many words without attracting any marks. You are required to reference using the author / date method. This method is explained in detail in this unit outline.
Plagiarised assignments will receive a mark of zero.
It is suggested that you start with your textbook and several other texts listed under recommended reading in this Companion to obtain a clear understanding of the core concepts of the various theories of motivation, their strengths and weaknesses, and the contribution they have made to the management of desired organisational outcomes. Be sure to cover the core concepts for each theory.
You should then search for relevant articles via the University’s Library electronic database, articles available on e-reserve for this unit, articles listed in this Companion under the topic of Motivation, and your preferred search engine. When sourcing material electronically or in hard copy, you must not cut and paste into your essay. This is plagiarism and will result in a failed paper (a mark of zero). See below for details of the required author / date method of referencing.
Your essay should be well structured, integrated and argued. A formal essay has a short introduction followed by the body of the essay and then a conclusion. Your paragraphs must be well formed with a solid topic sentence. Your writing style must be formal, not conversational and should not use abbreviations. See below for more details on a guide to essay writing and referencing.
Aim for strong synthesis and analysis, rather than simplistic definitions and restating material from your text. Your essay should be well integrated and holistic, not a series of short answer questions.
You are expected to conform to high standards of literacy and academic practice, including literature research and full documentation of sources. This means you must use references in your essay and you must cite those references both in the body of your essay and in an end reference list. Failure to reference (in-text and end reference list) is likely to result in a failed paper (zero marks). Be sure to express the ideas you read about in your own words, but acknowledge their source by citing the reference. Avoid the use of direct quotes as they do not demonstrate to the marker your understanding of the concepts and reading material. You are required to reference using the author / date method. This method is explained in detail in this Companion to the Unit Outline.
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