The second volume in The SAGE Handbook of Industrial, Organizational and Work Psychology looks in detail at how teams and individuals function and perform. It covers motivation and organizational socialisation as well as the latest research into diversity and organizational culture in the workplace. Chapter topics include goal setting, employee development, team design and trust at work. Volume II is a key resource for anyone working in or studying organizational psychology.

Chapter 5: Self-Determination Theory Applied to Work Motivation and Organizational Behavior

Self-Determination Theory Applied to Work Motivation and Organizational Behavior

Self-Determination Theory Applied to Work Motivation and Organizational Behavior
Marylène Gagné Edward L. Deci Richard M. Ryan

Introduction

Self-determination theory (SDT) is a broad theory of human motivation that has developed over the last forty years to become an important framework in many fields of psychology, including organizational psychology (Gagné & Deci, 2005). Initially developed by Deci and Ryan (1985b), it is now used by thousands of researchers and practitioners around the world to help foster work environments that cultivate engagement, performance, and well-being in their employees. SDT employs organismic principles regarding human nature, and as such it views human beings as active organisms and relies ...

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