The dissertation has conducted a study of business school students from several countries who are about to enter the global workforce. The aim of the research study was driven by discovering and understanding the phenomenon of the work motivation of future entries into the business world. The dissertation is based on primary data collected by the researcher, which includes 44 in-depth interviews, two focus groups, written documents and four years of direct observation in four universities. The academic community has concluded that work motivation continues to hold a significant position in scholarly research and in the business community. As the business world changes and embraces the 21st century, J.B Miner (1978, 1993) and Latham and Pinder (2005), in their works concluded that work motivation continues to hold a significant position in scholarly research. Work motivation and behavior towards work are increasingly becoming crucial as the business workforce replaces the older workers with new younger employees out of business school. New workers who enter the workforce from business schools are naturally going to be different than the current workers. The starting point of the dissertation is an overview of motivation with regard to managerial science and psychology, along with a review of philosophical thought pertaining to interpretation of work motivation. The literature of motivational theory is then reduced step by step into five clusters to conclude. Results provide a comprehensive framework for work motivation in the context of using Grounded Theory for the data analysis and qualitative methods for the data collection. Connecting the literature review with the empirical findings of the research study has demonstrated that certain theories of work motivation can be related to the four typologies that have been discovered from the empirical data. Comparing and contrasting the literature review with the empirical findings allows these relationships to be interpreted and applied.

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Turnbull, Chad

An investigation of work motivation: Typologies of 21st century business students

05/2011
itemDefault The dissertation has conducted a study of business school students from several countries who are about to enter the global workforce. The aim of the research study was driven by discovering and understanding the phenomenon of the work motivation of future entries into the business world. The dissertation is based on primary data collected by the researcher, which includes 44 in-depth interviews, two focus groups, written documents and four years of direct observation in four universities. The academic community has concluded that work motivation continues to hold a significant position in scholarly research and in the business community. As the business world changes and embraces the 21st century, J.B Miner (1978, 1993) and Latham and Pinder (2005), in their works concluded that work motivation continues to hold a significant position in scholarly research. Work motivation and behavior towards work are increasingly becoming crucial as the business workforce replaces the older workers with new younger employees out of business school. New workers who enter the workforce from business schools are naturally going to be different than the current workers. The starting point of the dissertation is an overview of motivation with regard to managerial science and psychology, along with a review of philosophical thought pertaining to interpretation of work motivation. The literature of motivational theory is then reduced step by step into five clusters to conclude. Results provide a comprehensive framework for work motivation in the context of using Grounded Theory for the data analysis and qualitative methods for the data collection. Connecting the literature review with the empirical findings of the research study has demonstrated that certain theories of work motivation can be related to the four typologies that have been discovered from the empirical data. Comparing and contrasting the literature review with the empirical findings allows these relationships to be interpreted and applied.
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An investigation of work motivation: Typologies of 21st century business students
Turnbull, Chad
Universitat Ramon Llull (URL). ESADE

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