ERIC Number: ED257221
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug-28
Reference Count: 0
Using Managerial Role Motivation Training to Overcome Motivational Deficiencies.
Miner, John B.
Research on motivation to manage can be summarized in five points: (1) motivation to manage is a major factor for success; (2) motivation to manage declined in students from the 1960's to the 1970's; (3) this decline is evident in the relevant age groups; (4) differences between United States students and foreign students place the United States at a disadvantange; and (5) managerial role motivation training is an approach to alleviate this problem. The training takes a variety of forms, but all the variants cast participants in a managerial role, with the primary approach being a mixture of lecture and discussion. Studies of the success and effects on participants of these training programs are summarized as follows: Participants in 90 percent of the programs studied increased their motivation to manage; participants increased their desire to exercize power; and women changed in these programs as readily as did men. Two questions are raised: How can basic personality be changed? Are other kinds of training as good or better? The author points out that managerial role motivation training does not cause basic personality change. Other types of training have been studied and appear to have something in common with managerial role motivation training. Until comparative research and cost benefit analyses are completed, the positive evidence in the studies of managerial role motivation training recommends it as the way to cope with the management talent shortages. (MD)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Business Administration, Leadership Training, Management Development, Managerial Occupations, Motivation, Personality, Personality Change, Productivity, Professional Development, Research, Self Concept, Skill Development, Training Methods
Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 24-28, 1984).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
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