This task presents a management situation in which you are to
apply a prominent motivation theory to improve performance.
A company produces a line
of branded professional audio products and strives to provide the highest
quality audio products in the industry. The company prides itself on its high
production standards and goals. It has recently instituted a new production
process in an effort to help employees meet its high production standards and
None of Supervisor A’s employees are doing well with this new
production process. Some of them do not seem to put forth any effort to master
the process. Those who have mastered the process to the point that they can
readily make it work are not putting forth enough effort to reach the
production goals the company has given. Even those who can readily make the
process work and who are often top producers are not concerned about achieving
Supervisor B has spoken informally to some of Supervisor A’s
employees about the new production process and company goals. Some have said
they cannot be successful with that process because it requires more hand
dexterity than they believe they are capable of. Some who do not have
difficulty with the process feel that it is not worth putting in extra effort
to reach the production goals. There is usually no difference in salary
increases among those who meet department goals and those who fall short of the
goals. They believe that workers at the company have to be very slow before
performance affects salary. They also say that, when a bonus is given for
reaching production goals, the amount that in paychecks after all withholdings
is so small that it is not worth the effort; overtime pay for a few extra hours
more than offsets the benefit of a bonus.
Write an essay (suggested length of 2–3 pages)in
A. Explain the three key components
and relationships in the expectancy theory of motivation.
B. Explain how the company in the given scenario
could apply the component or relationship of the expectancy theory of
motivation to enhance the motivation of its employees.
C. When you use sources, include all in-text
citations and references in APA format.
Note: For definitions of terms commonly used in the rubric, see
the attached Rubric Terms.
No more than a combined total of 30% of a submission can be directly quoted or
closely paraphrased from sources, even if cited correctly. For tips on using
APA style, please refer to the APA Handout web link included in the General
Note: When using sources to support ideas and elements in a paper or project,
the submission MUST include APA formatted in-text citations with a
corresponding reference list for any direct quotes or paraphrasing. It is not
necessary to list sources that were consulted if they have not been quoted or
paraphrased in the text of the paper or project.