Critical Review “Employee Motivation- a Powerful New Model” by Nitin Nohria, Boris Groysberg and Linda-Eling Lee

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2013

Critical Review
“Employee Motivation- A Powerful New Model” by Nitin Nohria, Boris Groysberg and Linda-Eling Lee

Group 1: Ajit Shenoi (29), Mandar Jha (15), Nandan) Mathur (20), Kshitij Varma (39), Sarin Sio (33) PGDM-Communications 8/9/2013

SUMMARY
The article attempts to shed light on the issue of motivating employees. The topic of motivation has been one that has intrigued thinkers thorough our history. As a result from Aristotle to Freud to finally Maslow everyone has had their own take on the topic. However the writer believes that some of the previous theories on motivation were formulated based on careful observation and investigation. These theories did not enjoy the advantage of having modern knowledge at their
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In this regard the role of direct managers plays a very crucial role. It is vital for the direct manger to understand his immediate subordinate and have a candid and honest communication with him. It can be safely said that the article believes that employee motivation is influenced by numerous complex organizational and managerial factors and an in-depth study of the human behavior can help the organization in its task of employee motivation.

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CRITICAL REVIEW: Employee Motivation- A Powerful New Model | Group-1

GROUP’S VIEW
The most significant finding by the group is that a company has the best chance of improving its overall employee motivational scores by satisfying all the four emotional drives. If a company did well on three out of the four drives, the one poor showing could substantially diminish its overall score. We concur with the fact that holistic management approach is far more effective than one that satisfies an employee's desire for financial reward or recognition without taking into account that person's needs to form connections with others, grow and learn on the job and feel safe. Moreover, it is not enough for an organization to meet these needs-an employee's direct manager has as much responsibility as the company in influencing motivation. The authors believe that employees know that even if an organization's policies restrict manager's behavior there is always some "wiggle room" that allows good managers some leeway in

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