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Consider the motivation theories discussed in this module (Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, Alderfer ERG theory, Herzberg two-factor theory, goal theory, equity theory, and expectancy theory).

Portfolio 2: Essay

For your second assignment, you will write an essay on the of the following question below:

  1. Consider the motivation theories discussed in this module (Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, Alderfer ERG theory, Herzberg two-factor theory, goal theory, equity theory, and expectancy theory). Which theory do you think is most relevant in work organisations today? Why? In your response, please discuss at least three motivation theories, their applicability in modern organisations, and identify what you perceive to be the major strengths and limitations of each theory. Support your answer with appropriate examples.

A successfully completed essay will be consistent with the following guidelines:

  • Be appropriately structured, written, presented and referenced (using the Harvard style, see http://www.gre.ac.uk/studyskills/referencing);
  • Feature and make substantial reference to empirical research and a range of theories and concepts;
  • Engage in a critical debate which evidences deep insight into an awareness of the topic in hand;
  • Word limit: 2,500 (excluding reference list).

Marking Criteria

Marks allocated to criteria:

Focus

Does the essay set up a clear essay question to address?  Does the essay stay within and fulfil the topic parameters? 

20

Synthesis

Does the essay bring together the literature in a significant manner that addresses an essay question?

30

Soundness

Does the essay indicate a comprehensive understanding of the topic area and literature discussed?

30

Clarity of structure

Is the essay well organised and logically constructed to achieve synthesis while being mindful of the needs of the reader?

10

Mechanical Soundness

Is the essay clearly written, spell checked and grammatically sound and referenced appropriately?

10

No further specific guidance relevant to this assignment will be given in classes so please feel free to begin your essay now!


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