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Motivation Profiles and Promotion

Four people are each striving toward the same end, but are motivated by different means. Ella, Marcelo, and Masoko all want to obtain a promotion at their place of employment. Assume the following:

Ella's motivation can be accounted for by a biological theory of motivation.
Marcelo's motivation can be accounted for by a psychosocial theory of motivation.
Masoko's motivation can be accounted for by an interactionist theory of motivation.

* Speculate on the source of motivation for each person based on the assumptions above.

* What are the main differences between Ella, Marcelo, and Masoko's sources of motivation?

* How has emotion served as motivators for each individual? Describe the relationship between emotion and motivation in the context of these vignettes, selecting the emotion theory for each scenario that you think relates the most to each case.

* Explain the differences between the types of effort Ella, Marcelo, and Masoko would put forth based on their source of motivation.

* Hypothesize another individual named Sam. Sam has a realistic combination of motivating theories, which give rise to various factors inspiring him to pursue a promotion.

* Describe Sam's sources of motivation.

* Describe the type of effort Sam may put forth based on his sources of motivation.

* Explain how the factors of each motivation theory might interact with each other.

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Motivation Profiles

Four people are each striving toward the same end, but are motivated by different means. Ella, Marcelo, and Masoko all want to obtain a promotion at their place of employment. Assume the following:

Ella's motivation can be accounted for by a biological theory of motivation.
Marcelo's motivation can be accounted for by a psychosocial theory of motivation.
Masoko's motivation can be accounted for by an interactionist theory of motivation.

Write a 700- to 1,050-word addressing the following (references required):

1) Speculate on the source of motivation for each person based on the assumptions above:

Ella's motivation can be accounted for by a "biological" theory of motivation. According to Valdosta.edu, the biological theory is related to:

increase/decrease stimulation (arousal)
activate senses (taste, touch, smell)
decrease hunger, thirst, discomfort, etc.
maintain homeostasis, balance

This means that Ella's motivation for getting a promotion is innate, perhaps, genetic, natural, or even mechanistic. See Britannica's full article:

Reference for Britannica: MOTIVATION. (2009). In Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved March 04, 2009, from Encyclopedia Britannica Online: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/394212/motivation

Marcelo's motivation can be accounted for by a psychosocial theory of motivation.

According to Valdosta.edu, social theory is to:
imitate positive models
be a part of a group or a valued member

Reference for Valdosta.edu: http://chiron.valdosta.edu/whuitt/col/motivation/motivate.html

This means that Marcelo's motivation stems from societal or public needs; or he wants to perhaps be a social member of higher management (via the promotion).

Masoko's motivation can be accounted for by an interactionist theory of motivation. According to Dictionary.com, INTERACTIONISM relates to: "a theory that the mind and the body may each affect the other."
Reference for Dictionary: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/interactionist?qsrc=2888

Ship.edu references cognitive (Gestalt) and Lewin's Field theory to mean that, "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts... Experience and behavior are integrated and organized...(hence the dictionary definition above). In Social Cognition we look at how the individual views her/his world and how s/he interprets the world based on ...

Solution Summary

This solution is based on a case study. Four people are each striving toward the same end, but are motivated by different means. Ella, Marcelo, and Masoko all want to obtain a promotion at their place of employment and motivators are explored.

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