Masters Theses


Non-cash incentives and worker motivation


"A problem of growing concern in the United States deals with the poor results of the nation's businesses in terms of productivity. The U.S. is now suffering the worst decline in productivity in a generation. While part of this decline can be attributed to economic conditions, data indicates that the labor force could be more productive if it wanted to do so. A study has shown that 52% of all workers feel they aren't producing at full capacity. Alienation of the American worker is identified as one of the most important contributors to this problem. Because it is often difficult to restructure jobs, it becomes necessary to look to some method of motivating workers to increase their productivity. A number of motivation theories have been proposed; the most important being: (1) Maslow's Theory, (2) Herzberg's Theory, (3) Need Gratification Theory, (4) Inequity theory, (5) Intrinsic motivation Theory, and (6) Expectancy Theory. Several systems of compensation for industrial workers are currently being used in this country that attempt to incorporate the above theories, but few have met with a great deal of success. However, a new approach to the problem, non-cash incentives, holds promise as a partial solution to the productivity problem"--Abstract, page ii.


Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Engineering Management


University of Missouri--Rolla

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ix, 116 pages

Geographic Coverage

United States


© 1976 Daniel Franklin Cole, All rights reserved.

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Thesis - Citation

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Subject Headings

Incentives in industry -- United States
Labor productivity -- Case studies
Industrial productivity -- Case studies

Thesis Number

T 4172

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