What is motivation? What is the origin of the term?
How have people tried to measure motivation? What difficulties are encountered in measuring?
Is motivation the only determinant of an individual’s performance? What other factors are important?
What do research results indicate about incentives and rewards in public organizations?
What does the research have to say about government employees and their general attitudes toward pay, security, benefits, challenges of work? Does the same hold for employees of for-profit organizations?
Define, describe, and discuss these motivation-related work attitudes, and what the available research shows about how public employees respond on measures of these attitudes.
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What is the nature of attribution models of leadership? What do they help to explain? What don’t they explain?
Discuss transformational, transactional and charismatic leadership styles. Do you think these leadership styles should depend on the organizational culture?
What are the different ways in which culture is communicated?
Define the terms communication and How do they relate to each other?
What norms or roles are likely to develop in groups? Explain how this occurs.
How do group context and structure affect group outcomes?
In what ways are effective communication more challenging to managers of public organizations compared to their private sector counterparts?
Discuss the phenomenon of groupthink. How do you recognize its symptoms? What are the different ways to avoid it?