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Gibson, Ivancevich, Donnelly, and Konopaske. Organizations: Behavior, Structure, Process, 13th ed. McGraw-Hill, 2009, Chapter 5 Case for Analysis: What Motivates Entrepreneurs?

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  1. Introduction to the book
  2. Introduction to the chapter 5: Motivation, background and theories
  3. Applying the motivation theories in to explain the behavior of the entrepreneurs
    1. Case 1: The lunch truck
    2. Case 2: The empire builder
    3. Case 3: The sergeant major
  4. When do you think these entrepreneurs will retire?
    1. Case 1: The lunch truck
    2. Case 2: The empire builder
    3. Case 3: the sergeant Major
  5. Is it more challenging to be an entrepreneur rather than work in a large corporation?
  6. What would motivate you to be an entrepreneur?

The 13th edition of Organizations: Behavior, Structure, Processes is based on the proposition that managing people, structure, and processes in organizations is a challenging, compelling, and crucial set of tasks. There is nothing boring about managing organizational behavior. Traditional approaches that worked a decade ago or even a few years ago are currently being questioned, modified or rejected. This book will provide an opportunity to look inside organizations and to develop your own perspective and approach will serve you in the positions you hold, the challenges you face, and the career choices you make in the 21st century.

This book presents theories, research results and applications that focus on managing organizational behavior in small, as well as large and global organizations.

[...] She accomplished her mission which was creating the empire of dry cleaners and then, she decided to launch in a political career. According to the Herzberg's two-factor theory, Mary will never stop working because she will be always satisfied in her jobs. Case the sergeant Major Jim is going to retire very soon. He accomplished his duty and now, he can retire with the fact that he is completely satisfied. He does not need motivation anymore Is it more challenging to be an entrepreneur rather than work in a large corporation? [...]


[...] He compared his military experiment to his new job and succeeded to obtain power (he was the boss), achievement and affiliation (he wrote a book) When do you think these entrepreneurs will retire? Use the theories in the chapter to justify your response Case The lunch truck I think Ivan and Anya will retire once they will have enough money to stop working. Indeed, their frustration will be fixed at that time, according to the Alderfer's ERG theory. Case The Empire Builder Mary will probably never retire! [...]

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