What does Deci and Ryanâ€™s Cognitive Evaluation Theory state?
A. People work hard to avoid punishment B. Motivation is due to the balance of reward and effort we perceive at work C. The effect of rewards is lessened as employees become used to them D. Rewards are interpreted as signs of competence or control.
Deci and Ryan's theory deals with intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. The first is where an individual wishes to carry out an action for whatever reason; the second is where the invidual is offered or believes in some tangible reward, or is brought to fear some punishing outcome if he does not perform. This is an aspect of self-determinism theory, an aspect that many regard as common-sense and therefore not worthy of statistical analysis of any results.
Self-determinism itself is important to the study of how individuals can succeed, whether in study or management or any other defined human activity. It has some relevance to relationship, health and well-being also. However, the bulk of the research has an underlying theme of 'how can people be encouraged to work more effectively.'