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Published May 7, 2024 | Version v1
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Evolution of Management Theories & Their Impact on Employee Motivation


This study explores the evolution of employee motivation theories, highlighting the shift from a focus on structures and extrinsic rewards to a more nuanced understanding that incorporates social interaction, non-monetary motivators, and individual needs. Key theories such as Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, Herzberg's Two-Factor Theory, and Contingency Theory are examined, emphasizing their strengths and limitations. The analysis acknowledges the dynamic nature of the workplace and calls for further exploration of emerging motivational concepts like Self-Determination Theory.  Future research directions are proposed, including longitudinal studies, cross-cultural comparisons, investigating the impact of technology, and evaluating the effectiveness of motivational interventions. By addressing these limitations and pursuing new avenues of inquiry, organizations can build a more comprehensive understanding of employee motivation, fostering a more engaged and thriving workforce in the ever-changing work environment.



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