Motivation theories


Last Published  01 August 2012

This tool briefly explores three of the early theories about motivation which had a major impact on management thinking: Herzberg's hygiene-motivation theory; McGregor's Theory X and Theory Y; and Maslow's hierarchy of needs. How should managers view their staff? How motivating are the so-called 'hygiene factors'?

Tool aim
  • To explore with managers the three early theories of motivation and their impact on management thinking.