Work Motivation and Satisfaction: Light at the End of the Tunnel

  title={Work Motivation and Satisfaction: Light at the End of the Tunnel},
  author={Edwin A. Locke and Gary P. Latham},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={240 - 246}
After decades of research it is now possible to offer a coherent, data-based theory of work motivation and job satisfaction. The present model combines aspects of the following theories: goal setting, expectancy, social-cognitive, attribution, job characteristics, equity, and turnover-commitment. The resulting model is called the high performance cycle. It begins with organizational members being faced with high challenge or difficult goals. If high challenge is accompanied by high expectancy… 

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