Human resources are central to any organization. The effective use of human resources is largely dependent on the availability and quality of insights on employee motivation and engagement. In other words, to achieve optimal performance, it is essential to understand what drives employees and contributes to their work commitment and dedication. This talk will give an overview of motivation theories, some recent studies on employee motivation and work engagement, as well as the individual, organizational and contextual factors affecting employee motivation. An emphasis will be made on research in non-Western contexts, such as different regions in Asia, with an aim to demonstrate that in a US- and Western Europe-dominated field, islands of excellence exist that promote regional scholarship and discuss the need for cultural sensitivities in human resource management research.
About the Speaker
Assel Mussagulova is a Research Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities (LKYCIC). She holds a PhD in Public Policy and Global Affairs from the Nanyang Technological University. Her research interests are in organisational behaviour and human resource management, particularly in the public sector context, and draws on insights from multiple disciplines, including psychology, management studies, political science and ethics. As a policy researcher she is particularly interested in how findings from human resource management research can inform strategies and policies aimed at workforce management and development.
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