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Psy 435 Week 4 - DQ 1_What are the similarities and differences among the different need theories

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What are the similarities and differences among the different need theories?
The two need theories are the need hierarchy theory and the two-factor theory. "Need
theories have contributed to our understanding of work motivation by showing how
people can vary in the rewards they want from work" (Spector, 2008). Both theories
state that an individual must meet these needs in order to fulfill internal needs. These
needs both specify a criteria that motivates people's behavior. Based on an individual's
personal need may differ among individuals as each individual is motivated by a
different criteria. Both theories are based on environment influences and conditions
which reflect our behavior.
The difference between the need theories is that the two-factor theory does not have
an order in which needs are to be met in order for the individual to be satisfied and
motivated to change their behavior. The hierarchy theory has an order in which
individuals are satisfied for example physical, social, and psychological needs. This
theory contains the needs for an individual to be able to survive first then work
towards the other needs for satisfaction.
Reference
Spector, P. (2008), Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Research and Practice
(5
th
ed) Hoboken, NJ Wiley

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