Discussion: motivation—content versus process theories | IPSY 6480 – Psychology of Organizational Behavior | Walden University


Leadership methods, organizational role systems, and employee attitudes have a significant impact on organizational culture. Employee motivation and team performance are directly related to organizational success, making it essential for organizational leaders to balance employee satisfaction and profitable production. However, organizations may sometimes need to change existing role systems in order to meet organizational goals. This change may create stress on employee relationships and team dynamics and erode employee motivation and performance.

In this Discussion, you will compare content and process theories of motivation and examine their impact on work behavior and performance. You will also identify motivational factors that are important to consider when implementing organizational change.

To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Read Chapter 5 in the course text, Organizational Behavior and Chapters 4 and 5 of The Sage Handbook (Vol. 2). Focus on the similarities and differences between content and process theories of motivation.
  • Read Chapters 6 and 15 in the course text, Organizational Behavior, and the articles in this week’s Learning Resources. Reflect on the steps of the organizational change models and causes of resistance to change. Then think about which motivational factors may be important to consider when addressing resistance to change.
  • Select one content theory and one process theory to compare for this discussion. Consider how each explains work behavior and performance.
  • Identify three motivational factors that would be important to consider when implementing organizational change.

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Compare one content theory of motivation and one process theory of motivation. Then explain how each theory explains work behavior and performance. Finally, list three motivational factors that are important to consider when implementing organizational change and explain why. Be specific.

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