Evolution of Motivational Theory

Discussion 1: Evolution of Motivational Theory Researchers in organizational psychology apply multiple theories to help explain work motivation. To better understand how these theoretical models have evolved requires tracing work motivation theory from its beginnings to the present day. Understanding the influences and interconnectedness of theoretical frameworks informs motivation and may reveal future directions and trends in work motivation research. A review of the historical trajectory of work motivation theory not only informs your responses to clients grappling with motivational problems affecting their employees, but may also equip you with relevant knowledge and insight to handle challenges affecting tomorrow’s workforce as well. For this Discussion, you examine the changes in the evolution of work motivation theory and consider how you might apply work motivation theory to your present or future work settings. With these thoughts in mind: BY DAY 3 Post by Day 3 a brief explanation of two significant changes that have occurred in the evolution of work motivation theory. Then explain why these are significant. Finally, explain how you might apply work motivation theory to your current or future work setting. Be specific and support your response with references to the Learning Resources and current literature. Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the provided Learning Resources and current literature APA Format. Resources: Mitchell, T.R., & Daniels, D. (2003). Motivation. In W. C. Borman, D. R. Ilgen, R. J. Klimoski, & I.B. Weiner, (Eds.) Handbook of psychology: Volume 12. Industrial and organizational psychology (pp. 225-254). hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. Donovan, J. J. (2001). Work motivation. In N. Anderson, D. S. Ones, H. K. Sinangil, & C. Viswesvaran (Eds.), Handbook of industrial, work, and organizational psychology (Vol. 2, pp. 53–76). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

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