Annotated Bibliography

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Motivational theories explain what largely motivates employees to achieve high productivity. These theories are to be applied to the workplace so as to shed light as to why other employees work harder and tend to be more committed than other employees, therefore enabling managers to know what to do to motivate every employee to do their best. Understanding how the motivational theories are applied in the workplace is key to propelling someone’s leadership skills to greater heights.

Beck, R. (2004). Motivation: Theories and principles (5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, N.J.:

Pearson/Prentice Hall

This in an experimentally-oriented book that provides an examination of theory and research, topically approaching it. The book covers a very broad range of concepts of motivation, albeit from a very general perspective. It is important in the application of motivation theories in the workplace since it encompasses biological research from human beings, which gives the bases of motivation, anywhere. For easier application of the theories of motivation, the book contains chapter topics such as the nature of motivation theory, human behaviors, and also motivation in animals. When it comes to the application of motivation theories, this book is helpful in that it gives us a wide explanation on the concept of motivation, from a background of biological research.

Werner, J., & DeSimone, R. (2006). Human resource development (4th ed.). Mason OH:

Thomson South-Western.

This comprehensive book by Werner & DeSimone (2006) deals with the entire field of personnel development, with the topics inside covering issues such as orientation and skills training, organizational and career development and other issues that deal with the employees and their productivity. It gives us a clear picture of how theories and concepts are practice in a number of organizations.

This book is important in learning about the application of motivational theories in the workplace, because it reflects the organization and everything to do with the employee, blending the practices with up-to-date research. Further, on page 44 it has a whole chapter that deals with the issue of motivation in the workplace, since it is an issue that is so key in any organization that seeks to get the most out of its employees.

Petri, H., & Govern, J. (2013). Motivation: Theory, research and application (6th ed.). Belmont,

CA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.

This book, MOTIVATION: THEORY, RESEARCH AND APPLICATION has its focus mainly on the evolutionary psychology, which shows the latest developments in the field through its thorough coverage of the cognitive, behavioral and biological explanations for motivation of human beings. It presents clearly the advantages and disadvantages of each of the explanations, thus allowing the readers to make their conclusions. The good thing about this book is that it is Relevant and timely, therefore helping managers understand the things that activate certain behavior in human beings, and by application their employees. It is so relevant in the application of motivation theories, as the human nature needs to be understood first, and it is so student friendly, a reason why I picked it as a reference material to use.

Pinder, C. (2008). Work motivation in organizational behavior (2nd ed.). New York: Psychology


This book is ideally supposed to offer a culmination of the above references, in terms of how it sums up the whole issue of the application of motivational theories to achieve maximum production in terms of quality and quantity through employees.

Being a best seller, this book on the Motivation of Work in Organizational behavior gives an analysis on the literature on this topic, as well as integrating the leading theories and their historical roots and their development overtime. It emphasizes the thinking that workplace behavior is determined by so many factors, factors that are not considered as motivation, although they are.

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