Other Contemporary Theories of Motivation

  1. 4 Demonstrate the differences among self-efficacy theory, reinforcement theory, equity theory, and expectancy theory.

Self-determination theory and goal-setting theory are well supported contemporary theories of motivation. But they are far from the only noteworthy OB theories on the subject. Self-efficacy, reinforcement, equity/organizational justice, and expectancy theories reveal different aspects of our motivational processes and tendencies. We begin with the concept of self-efficacy.

Self-Efficacy Theory

Self-efficacy theory, also known as social cognitive theory or social learning theory, refers to an individual’s belief that he or she is capable of performing a task.49 The higher your self-efficacy, ...

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