Accession Number:

ADA317094

Title:

Intrinsic Motivation in the Military: Models and Strategic Importance.

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept. 1 Oct 95-30 Sep 96,

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1996-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

34.0

Abstract:

In this report, prepared for the Eighth Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation, intrinsic task motivation is related to self-management, a set of problem solving behaviors corresponding to the requirements specified for twenty-first century military personnel. Intrinsic task motivation refers to the psychological rewards that individuals derive directly from their work tasks. An integrative theory presents four types of intrinsic rewards senses of meaningfulness, choice, competence, and progress. These rewards correspond to four types of decision-making behaviors that define self-management committing to a meaningful purpose, choosing activities to accomplish this purpose, monitoring the qualitycompetence of ones activities, and monitoring ones progress toward the purpose. Self-management is contrasted with micro-management the dominant style of the traditional or old school of management. Intrinsic motivation and self management are more congruent with the militarys strategic human resource requirements in the twenty-first century, as exemplified by Total Quality Management, Force XXI, and the U.S. Army as a learning organization. The potential benefits of intrinsic task motivation and self-management include, at the individual level, flexibility, adaptation, responsiveness, innovation, learning, and satisfaction. These, in turn, are expected to lead to enhanced retention and readiness, at individual and unit levels.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE