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Describe, compare and contrast one content theory and one process theory of motivation. Evaluate their appropriateness for the current business environment

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Describe, compare and contrast one content theory and one process theory of motivation. Evaluate their appropriateness for the current business environment.

Assignment 1

Managing People

Module 26302

Student Number: 2011432859

Motivation is a complex concept to define and is persistently explored not only by psychologists but also by many global organizations. With reference to the Oxford dictionary, motivation is "a reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way". In contrast to the definition, there are numerous theories that attempt to explain the true nature of the concept. As a result of the diverse beliefs, it is argued (Wilson, 2010, 136) that there is no single reliable theory that can be used to solve motivational issues. Managers need to understand the principles of the leading theories in order to use motivation techniques effectively. It is perhaps one of the most desirable skills a manager can possess, as they would be able to influence their employee's behavior where a more satisfied and motivated employee would perform better and are less likely to quit their job. The theories based on this subject can be contrasting and are categorized into two types: content and process

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