The Oxford Handbook of Work Engagement, Motivation, and Self-Determination Theory

Marylene Gagne
Oxford Library of Psychology

Self-determination theory is a theory of human motivation that is being increasingly used by organizations to make strategic HR decisions and train managers. It argues for a focus on the quality of workers' motivation over quantity. Motivation that is based on meaning and interest is showed to be superior to motivation that is based on pressure and rewards. Work environments that make workers feel competent, autonomous, and related to others foster the right type of motivation, goals, and work values. The Oxford Handbook of Work Motivation, Engagement, and Self-Determination Theory aims to give current and future organizational researchers ideas for future research using self-determination theory as a framework, and to give practitioners ideas on how to adjust their programs and practices using self-determination theory principles. The book brings together self-determination theory experts and organizational psychology experts to talk about past and future applications of the theory to the field of organizational psychology. The book covers a wide range of topics, including: how to bring about commitment, engagement, and passion in the workplace; how to manage stress, health, emotions and violence at work; how to encourage safe and sustainable behavior in organizations; how factors like attachment styles, self-esteem, person-environment fit, job design, leadership, compensation, and training affect work motivation; and how work-related values and goals are forged by the work environment and affect work outcomes.


1. The Historical Development of Self-determination Theory
Marylene Gagne and Edward L. Deci
Part One: Conceptual Issues
2. The Importance of Universal Psychological Needs for Understanding Motivation in the Workplace
Edward L. Deci and Richard M. Ryan
3. Employee Commitment, Motivation, and Engagement: Exploring the Links
John P. Meyer
4. Effective and Sustained Proactivity in the Workplace: A Self-determination Theory Perspective
Karoline Strauss and Sharon K. Parker
5. A Behavioral Economics Perspective on the Overjustification Effect: Crowding-In and Crowding-Out of Intrinsic Motivation
Antoinette Weibel, Meike Wiemann, and Margit Osterloh
6. Passion for Work: Determinants and Outcomes
Robert J. Vallerand, Nathalie Houlfort, and Jacques Forest
Part Two: Individual Considerations
7. The Foundation of Autonomous Motivation in the Workplace: An Attachment Perspective
Sigalit Ronen Mario Mikulincer
8. Contingent Self-Esteem: A Review and Applications to Organizational Research
D. Lance Ferris
9. Person-Environment Fit and Self-Determination Theory
Gary J. Greguras, James M. Diefendorff, Jacqueline Carpenter, and Christian Troster
Part Three: Organizational and Contextual Considerations
10. The Motivational Power of Job Design
Marylene Gagne and Alexandra Panaccio
11. Leadership
Stephanie L. Gilbert and E. Kevin Kelloway
12. Compensation and Work Motivation: Self-determination Theory and the Paradigm of Motivation through Incentives
Amar Fall and Patrice Roussel
13. SDT and Workplace Training and Development
Anders Dysvik and Bard Kuvaas
Part Four: Outcomes of Work Motivation
14. Self-Determination and Job Stress
Claude Fernet and Stephanie Austin
15. Self-Determination as a Nutriment for Thriving: Building an Integrative Model of Human Growth at Work
Gretchen M. Spreitzer and Christine Porath
16. Emotional Labor through the Lens of SDT
Michel Cossette
17. Understanding Why Employees Behave Safely from a Self-Determination Theory Perspective
Natasha Scott, Mark Fleming, and E. Kevin Kelloway
18. Understanding Workplace Violence: The Contribution of Self-Determination Theory
Veronique Dagenais-Desmarais and Francois Courcy
19. Encouraging Environmental Actions in Employees and in the Working Environment: A Self-Determination Theory Perspective
Luc G. Pelletier and Nicole M. Aitken
20. Translating research results in economic terms: An application of economic utility analysis using SDT-based interventions
Jacques Forest, Marie-Helene Gilbert, Genevieve Beaulieu, Philippe LeBrock, and Marylene Gagne
Part Five: Domains of Application
21. Teacher Motivation
Johnmarshall Reeve and Yu-Lan Su
22. At the Interface of Work and Health: A Consideration of the Health Gradient using Self-Determination Theory
Maynor G. Gonzalez, Christopher P. Niemiec, and Geoffrey C. Williams
23. What is a Functional Relationship to Money and Possessions?
Dan Stone
24. Future Leaders' and Lawyers' Life Values and Goals: Toward a Dual Valuing Process Model
Frederick M.E. Grouzet
25. A Self-determination Theory Approach to Goals
Richard Koestner and Nora Hope
26. Self-Determination Theory in the Work Domain: This is Just the Beginning
Marylene Gagne


Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, Concordia University