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Johns Hopkins SAIS Professor Daniel Honig publishes research examining relationship between management practices and worker motivation


Studies show government agencies actively seek employees with intrinsic motivation since they are usually more productive, possess a diverse skillset, and demonstrate a willingness to take on new tasks. To examine how an employee’s intrinsic motivation is influenced by a government agency’s management practices, Daniel Honig, Assistant Professor of International Development, conducted research on this relationship that has been published in a Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) article.
Honig’s research focuses on the correlation between management practices and worker motivation. As part of this research, he analyzed individual employee and government agencies’ observations from Australia, Canada, India, the United States, and United Kingdom. As a result, he concludes that more supportive management practices are associated with higher levels of intrinsic motivation. He also argues that many supportive management practices strongly associated with greater levels of intrinsic motivation may require minimal financial investment.
Honig is available to discuss the research presented in the article and can also address the following questions: 

  • What non-financial incentives can government agencies utilize to positively impact worker motivation increases?
  • How do agency-wide initiatives factor into management practices?
  • Why is intrinsic motivation important in settings where worker performance is harder to observe? 

Read Honig’s PNAS research article here.  

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Monday, March 29, 2021