discussion 3343

Address the topics below ( View the scenario). Your original response should reflect the fact that you have completed the assigned Readings for the week (see the reading below). Remember, this is your chance to illustrate not only your understanding, but also your mastery of the materials for the unit. Use your words wisely so the posting has substance and includes examples and explanations. Limit the use of direct quotes, and do your best to critically synthesize and evaluate the literature in your own words wherever possible. Make sure to include in-text citations and a reference list as appropriate.

Several different data-gathering methods (e.g., questionnaires, interviews, focus groups, etc.) for employee satisfaction research can be selected when conducting research in organizations. View the following scenario. Describe your target population and the metric you are trying to improve. Select an appropriate data-gathering methodology. Provide a clear rationale as to why you believe this method would be the most appropriate. In addition, briefly describe how your method of data-gathering design is reliable and valid for your study.

Assigned reading:

This week, you will spend some time looking at some of the controversies related to I/O psychological theory in studying workplace motivation. Your two Readings will: (1) summarize the research controversies faced by I/O psychologists in the latter part of the 20th Century, and (2) look at employee engagement as an approach to improve workplace satisfaction and performance.

Latham (2011), Chapter 5, “20th Century Controversies”

In this chapter, you will look at four controversies related to workplace motivation and attitudes: (1) financial incentives as a motivator, (2) intrinsic versus extrinsic motivation, (3) the relationship of workplace satisfaction to job performance, and (4) participatory leadership in creating work teams as a motivational approach.

Macey, Schneider, Barbera, & Young (2009), Chapter 2: “The “Feel and Look” of Employee Engagement”

In this chapter, you will read the pros and cons of employee engagement and strategies for employee engagement