History, Theory, Research, and Practice
- Gary P. Latham - University of Toronto, Canada
- includes anecdotes about and from the major thought leaders in the field of motivation: Personal insights from and about leading personalities in the field of motivation such as Bandura, Frese, Hough, Judge, Kanfer, Lawler, Locke, Pinder, Rousseau, and Vroom make the material come alive. Behind-the-scenes accounts of research and the researchers who conducted studies in North America, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe are addressed.
- offers a chronological review of the research on and theories of motivation in the workplace: Written in a meaningful and memorable style, a comprehensive treatment of work motivation is given from the end of the 19th century to the present.
- provides a taxonomy for the study and practice of motivation: The book explains how and why to take into account a person's needs, values, work setting, goals, moods, and emotions. Controversies of theoretical and practical significance such as the importance of money, the relationship between job satisfaction and job performance, and the distinction between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation are captured and resolved.
This is a very good revision of the literature on work motivation. An essential book for students who want to deep their knowledge on this topic.
Very good overview of motivation theories. Appropriate for master's students.
A small reference book that is easy to follow and packed full of useful theories around motivation. Current and easy to find your way around the index.
An excellent book, well written and accessible. Some small updates and enjoyed the inclusion of attachment styles
I originally looked at this for our ERM course but it finished in 2014. HOwever, I now recommend this to students on our Social Psychology of Work (undergraduate L5 option) who want to look at work motivation in more detail. It is a very thorough text
A great book that covers many theories. We took this text on our residential for students to prepare presentations on motivation
Great book, contains many anecdotes as well as detailing the evidence base. Interestingly structured in terms of a timeline. Only irritation is the vast number of footnotes, which sometimes take 2/3 of the page.
I have recommended this book to several of my students. It provides an excellent overview of the theoretical underpinnings of employee motivation and job satisfaction.
This is the best text on motivation theories that I have found. It is easy for the students to understand.
This is an excellent book on motivation but does not fit into my present modules.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1: 1900–1925: Biology, Behavior, and Money
Chapter 2: 1925–1950: Dust Bowl Empiricism