Beyond talk: Creating autonomous motivation through self-determination theory

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Many managers and academics have a passing familiarity with self-determination theory (SDT), which articulates the core principles that underlie sustainable motivation in organizations. But far fewer understand how to successfully implement a SDT intervention in the face of organizational pressure for short-term accountability and performance. We present the core principles of SDT, describe the principles that underlie successful SDT-based interventions, propose six steps (i.e., actions) that facilitate the creation of autonomous motivation, articulate the obstacles to successful implementation, and present examples of successful organizational implementations.


Institute for Positive Psychology and Education

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