Assessment Task 2: Individual Assignment This assignment provides you with an opportunity to explore the topic of motivation and engage with Organisational Behaviour literature. This assignment requires you to do research. Your task is to draw on Organisational Behaviour theory to critically analyse content and process theories of work motivation. In the essay you need to: • Pick one content theory and one process theory of motivation • Compare and contrast the CHOSEN content theory and process theory • Illustrate the usefulness of the CHOSEN content and process theories of motivation for managers in a real-life organisation Your essay should have the following sections: 1. Introduction. State the topic of the essay, what you will be arguing, and how you have structured the essay. Briefly introduce each of the two CHOSEN theories. 2. Compare and contrast the CHOSEN content theory and process theory of motivation. Identify characteristics that are similar and different and emphasise similarities and differences where appropriate. 3. Illustrate the usefulness of the CHOSEN content and process theories of motivation for managers in a real-life organisation. Based on your analysis in Section 2, provide an informed and supported viewpoint about how content and process theories of motivation may be used by managers to influence employee behaviour. Consider the pros and cons in order to come to a supported assessment and conclusion. Explain and clarify using concrete examples. 4. Conclusion. Summarise key points made in the essay and discuss implications. 5. Reference list. You need to use the APA 6 referencing style. As a general guide, sections 2 and 3 should be roughly equal in word count. The introduction and conclusion section should account for approximately 10% of the word count. You MUST consult and reference a minimum of four (4) academic articles and two (2) books (of which one can be the recommend textbook, Wood et al, 2019) to support your analysis. We encourage students to go beyond the minimum number of required references. The minimum number equates to an acceptable level on the marking guide. We recommend you consider the following publications to identify relevant articles: Journal of Organizational Behavior, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Applied Psychology, Academy of Management Journal, British Journal of Management, Human Relations, Journal of Management, Leadership Quarterly, Business Horizons, Harvard Business Review.
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