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Motivation - Theory and Practice

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Understanding Motivation in Employment Practice

In this short course, we explore the intricate workings of motivation, tracing its historical roots, understanding its various theories, and delving into its practical applications in the context of employment.

Motivation: The Driving Force

Motivation propels individuals towards their goals, influencing their behaviours, choices, and persistence in the face of challenges. It lies at the heart of human endeavours, shaping personal and professional success alike. From the desire to achieve personal aspirations to the drive to excel in one's career, motivation plays a pivotal role in shaping our lives.

A Historical Perspective

Our exploration begins with a historical overview of motivation, tracing its evolution through the annals of psychology and management theory. From the early works of pioneering psychologists such as William James and Sigmund Freud to the groundbreaking theories of Abraham Maslow and Frederick Herzberg, we unravel the rich tapestry of ideas that have shaped our understanding of what motivates individuals.

Theories of Motivation

Building upon this historical foundation, we delve into the myriad theories of motivation that have emerged over the years. From the behaviourist perspective that emphasizes external stimuli and reinforcement to the cognitive theories that delve into the inner workings of the mind, we examine the diverse frameworks that seek to explain why individuals act the way they do.

Applications in Employment Practice

Finally, we turn our attention to the practical realm, exploring how the principles of motivation are applied in the context of employment practice. Whether it's designing incentive systems to boost employee performance, fostering a motivating work environment, or understanding the role of intrinsic and extrinsic rewards, we dissect the strategies employed by organisations to harness the power of motivation in driving productivity, engagement, and job satisfaction.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, you will:

  1. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the concept of motivation and its significance in personal and professional contexts.
  2. Explore the historical evolution of motivational theories and their impact on contemporary thinking.
  3. Analyze various motivational frameworks and their implications for understanding human behaviour.
  4. Evaluate the practical applications of motivation in employment practice.


As we embark on this intellectual odyssey, prepare to challenge your assumptions, broaden your perspectives, and acquire insights that will not only enrich your understanding of human motivation but also empower you to navigate the complex terrain of the modern workplace with confidence and efficacy.

Get ready to unlock the secrets of motivation and discover how it holds the key to unlocking human potential in the realm of employment practice!

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