A seminal work in the field of motivation by the leading author on the topic, this classic has been fully revised and updated to include and distill the most current research from top international scholars. Drawing upon his experiences as a staff psychologist and consultant, Gary P. Latham writes in a mentor voice that is highly personal and rich in examples, providing a unique behavioral science framework for motivating employees in organizational settings. The book offers a chronological review of the field, and a taxonomy for the study and practice of motivation, complete with anecdotes about the major thought leaders in the field of motivation and behind-the-scenes research accounts. Highlights of this updated edition include new findings in goal-setting research, including insight into the dark side of goal-setting; more on the self in motivation, including self-regulated learning, self-evaluation methods, and the significance of self-efficacy as a predictor of performance and satisfaction; and more trending in the area of positive psychology and prosocial behavior in organizations.
A primary goal of my presidency of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA; 1999–2000) was to create a “boundaryless” psychology (Latham, 2003a), a word that I borrowed from Jack Welch. As CEO of General Electric (GE), Welch was frustrated over knowledge that was acquired in one division going unnoticed in other divisions. My goal for a boundaryless psychology was based in part on my observation that discoveries in the biological and neurosciences are shared by scientists who meet at the annual meeting of the Canadian Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Sciences long before their colleagues who meet annually at CPA's convention learn of them; it was also based in part on my observation that the people in HRM, I-O, and OB are seldom aware ...