Beyond talk: Creating autonomous motivation through self-determination theory

Dan N. Stone, Edward L. Deci, Richard M. Ryan

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Many managers and academics have a passing familiarity with self-determination theory (SDT), which articulates the core principles that underlie the concept of sustainable motivation in organisations. But far fewer understand how to successfully implement a SDT intervention in the face of organisational pressure for short-term accountability and performance. Wepresent 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 two examples of successful organisational implementations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-91
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of General Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2008


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