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Individual Motivation Within Groups


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Part 1: Foundations 1. Social Loafing and Motivation Gains in Groups: An Integrative Review Part 2: Advances and Applications 2. Social Loafing in Organizational Work Groups: The Mitigating Effect of Servant Leadership 3. Individual Motivation, Team Learning, and Performance in Collaborative Academic Contexts 4. Effort Losses and Effort Gains in Sports Teams 5. Back to the Future: The Kohler Motivation Gain in Exergames 6. Sustaining Individual Motivation in High-Demand Team Environments 7. Temporal Stability of Effort Gains in Teams Part 3: Linkages 8. Social Loafing in the Management of Social Dilemmas 9. Social Facilitation and Social Loafing: Opposite Sides of the Same Coin 10. Ostracism and Motivation in Groups

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Steven J. Karau is a management professor at Southern Illinois University, teaching courses in organizational behavior, human resources, and social responsibility. He conducts research on a range of organizational behavior issues, with a special focus on motivation within groups, team performance, personality, and ethics. He has published more than 40 articles in a variety of top psychology and management journals and co-developed the Collective Effort Model of individual motivation on group tasks, and Role Congruity Theory of prejudice toward female leaders. His research on social loafing was featured on an episode of ABC News' 20/20.


"For this edited volume, Dr. Steven Karau has assembled an impressive team of top scientists to provide a cutting-edge review and analysis of the motivational processes that influence group productivity and other critical outcomes. While the book is highly scholarly, reflecting the expertise of the well-known authors, the writing is consistently assessible. Therefore, it will appeal not only to scholars, but also to anyone interested in understanding the psychological and social dynamics that influence the degree to which people exhibit effort, focus, pride, cooperation, and other key intragroup attitude, emotions, and behaviors. While much of the book focuses on work, academic, and sports settings, the basic principles, that are clearly illuminated, are applicable to any setting involving relatively small groups of people working together toward a common goal. It's an excellent and much needed book that is sure to advance the science of group dynamics in general and stimulate new empirical work and theoretical developments. Given the scholarly yet accessible nature of the work, and the well-thought-out organization (10 chapters couched under three sections), I can also see this book being adopted for a graduate or advanced undergraduate course in social psychology, industrial-organizational psychology, business, management, or a related area." -- Jay W. Jackson, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Director, Intergroup Relations Lab, Purdue. "Steve Karau's excellent Individual Motivation with Groups explains everything there is to know about the personal and interpersonal factors that cause groups of highly talented individuals to so often fail to reach their potential. Its chapters, written by the preeminent researchers in the study of motivation, performance, and team science, explain some of the field's greatest mysteries: When do other people spur us to work harder, and when do they sap our motivational zeal? What can be done to push groups to reach beyond their limitations, working at the highest level of performance possible? When does a group become greater than the sum of its parts? Each chapter summarizes prior research investigating motivation and performance-which is some of the most creative and theoretical rich work in the field of group dynamics-before offering an accessible interpretation of the work and suggestions for improving a group's performance. Anyone who truly cares about groups-their dynamics, their efficiencies, and the foibles-will want to read every one of the excellent chapters in this book." -- Donelson R. Forsyth, Professor, University of Richmond

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