Motivation at Norsk Petroleum

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Work Motivation
Motivation at Norsk Petroleum


MGT302 :: Org. Behavior and Teamwork

Module 1 – Case Assignment
Trident University
22 July 2013

The word motivation is derived from the Latin word “movere” which means “to move” and it is defined as an internal drive that activates behavior and gives it direction. Motivational theory looks at the processes that activate and direct human behavior and it can be divided into two categories, content theory and process theory. Although no motivation theory is universally accepted both content and process theory can be applied to the Norsk Petroleum scenario. Content theory is focused on the internal factors that guide human beings, as opposed
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The third recommendation I would make to Lisa would be to recruit staff looking for the types of positions, challenges, and management opportunities that Norsk can supply. Once an employee has already made up his or her mind to leave and has accepted another job elsewhere, it is usually too late to do anything about it. More importantly, she needs to learn whether the employee feels the job is providing those things that are important. Finding these things out after the fact is not terribly helpful. If she recruits staff to begin with that are already better fitted to the company and the position, that will put her ahead, and if she conducts periodic surveys she can keep on top of employees' dissatisfactions and amend any unpleasant conditions. Finally, she can use generic benchmarking to find solutions that have been proven successful elsewhere and that can be adapted for use at Norsk. Knowing the kind of environment prevalent in the industry, Lisa should have been working on this issue for the entire year. Although Elizabeth had alerted her a day earlier about Ola's wanting to resign, Lisa waited until his exit interview to offer him tuition fees for the management degree he wanted, and that was too late.
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