Motivation Over the years there has been extensive research on the topic of motivational theories involving countless numbers of people. It is important that project managers understand these various motivational theories and reflect on them as applicable to their unique project settings. When motivated project team members see their efforts making a positive difference towards project completion, it increases their motivation even more. People are positively affected when they know how a project can help them achieve their personal, career, and professional goals.
Search and Review
Complete a search in the Hunt Library or online for David McClelland’s ‘Motivation Theory’ and Victor Vroom’s ‘Expectancy Theory’. Review: Leadership in Project Management: Leading People and Projects to Success: Chapter 5, pages 155 – 161, ‘You as a Leader’.(I don’t have this book) Write a 5 page paper in current APA format and provide answers to the following questions:
In your own words, summarize the motivational theories described on pages 155 -161 in the Leadership in Project Management: Leading People and Project to Success textbook and David McClelland’s Motivation Theory and Victor Vroom’s Expectancy Theory. State how these motivational theories can assist project managers in understanding why team members and stakeholders act in the way they do. After studying the different motivational theories, which theories would you prefer to use as a project manager to create a motivating work environment? Defend your answer.
Share and describe how your present company/organization or one in the past motivated their staff. What techniques where used to create a work environment to motivate employees? Where individual rewards or team rewards emphasized?
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