What is Motivation?
• Motivation: The willingness to
exert high levels of effort
toward organizational goal,
conditioned by the effort’s
ability to satisfy some
Early Theories of Motivation
In 1950 Three specific theories were
formulated on motivation these are:
1. The hierarchy of need theory.
2. Theories X and Y
3. Motivation-hygiene therory
Hierarchy of Needs Theory
• Abraham Maslow’s hypothesized that with in every
human being there exists a hierarchy of five needs.
These needs are:
1. Physiological : includes hunger, thirst, shelter and other bodily needs
2. Safety: Includes Security and protection from physical and emotional harm
3. Social: Includes affection, belongingness, acceptance, and friendship
4. Esteem: includes internal esteem factors such as self respect, autonomy, and
achievement; and external esteem factors such status, recognition
5. Self-actualization: the drive to become what one is capable of becoming;
includes growth, achieving one’s potential, and self
Hierarchy of Needs Theory
Maslow’s separated the five needs into higher and
Lower-order needs Higher-order needs
Physiological and safety Social, Esteem, and Self-
Are satisfied externally Are satisfied internally
Theory X and Theory Y
• Douglas McGregor proposed
two distinct views of human
beings: One basically negative
and the other basically positive
Under Theory X Douglas listed four
1. Employees inherently dislike work and,
whenever possible, will attempt to avoid it.
2. Since employees dislike work, they must be
coerced, controlled, or threatened with punishment
to achieve goals.
3. Employees will avoid responsibilities and seeks
formal direction whenever possible.
4. Most workers place security above all other
factors associated with work and will display little
Under Theory Y Douglas listed four
1. Employees can view work as being as natural as
rest or play.
2. People will exercise self-direction and self-
control if they are committed to the objectives.
3. The average person can learn to accept, even
4. The ability to make innovative decisions is
widely dispersed throughout the population and is
not necessarily the sole province of those in
• The motivation-hygiene theory was proposed by psychologist Fredrick
Herzberg. In the belief that an individual’s relation to his or her work
is a basic one and that his or her attitude toward this work can very
well determine the individual success or failure.
• According to Herzberg, the factors leading to job satisfaction are
separate and distinct from those that lead to job dissatisfaction.
Therefore, managers who seeks to eliminate factors that create job
dissatisfaction can bring about peace, but not necessarily motivation.
They will be placating their workforce rather than motivating them. As
a result, such characteristics as company policy and administration,
supervision, interpersonal relations, working conditions, and salary
have been characterized by Herzberg as Hygiene Factors.
The criticisms of the theory include the following :
• The procedure that Herzberg used is limited by its methodology. When things are going
well, people tend to take credit themselves. Contrarily, they blame failure on the external
• He reliability of Herzberg’s methodology is questioned. Since raters have to make
interpretations, it is possible that they may contaminate the findings by interpreting one
response in one manner while treating another similar response differently.
• The theory, to the degree that that it is valid, provides an explanation of job satisfaction. It
is not really a theory of motivation.
• No overall measure of satisfaction was utilized. In other words, a person may dislike part
of his or her job, yet still think the job is acceptable.
• The theory is inconsistent with previous research. The motivation hygiene theory ignores
• Herzberg assumes that there is a relationship between satisfaction and productivity. But
the research mythology he used looked only at satisfaction, not at productivity. To make
such research relevant, one must assume a high relationship between satisfaction and
Contemporary Theories of Motivation
• ERG Theory • Task Characteristics
• McClelland’s Theory Theories
of Needs • The Job Characteristics
• Cognitive Evaluation Model
Theory • Social Information
• Goal-Setting Theory Processing Model
• Reinforcement Theory • Equity Theory
• Expectancy Theory
ERG Theory Clayton Alderfer
• Alderfer argues that there are three groups of core needs-
existence, relatedness, and growth-hence the label:
The existence group is concerned with providing our basic material
existence requirements. They include the items that Maslow
considered physiological and safety needs. The Second group of needs
are those of relatedness-the desire we have for maintaining important
interpersonal relationships. These social and status desires require
interaction with others if they are to be satisfied, and they align with
Maslow’s social need and external component of Maslow’s esteem
classification. Finally Alderfer isolates growth needs-an intrinsic
desire for personal development. These include the intrinsic
component from Maslow’s esteem category and the characteristics
included under self-actualization.
McClelland’s Theory of Needs
McClelland’s focuses on three needs:
2. Need for achievement: The drive to excel,
to achieve in relation to set of standards,
to strive to successed
3. Need for power: The need to make others
behave in a way that they would not have
4. Need for affiliation: the desire for friendly
and close interpersonal relationships.
Cognitive Evaluation Theory
• Cognitive evaluation theory: Allocating extrinsic
rewards for behavior that had been previously
intrinsically rewarded tends to decrease the overall
level of Motivation.
• Intrinsic Motivation are : achievement
responsibility and competence are independent of
extrinsic motivator like high pay, promotions, good
supervisors relation and pleasant working