Individual Motivation within Groups - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128498675

Individual Motivation within Groups

1st Edition

Performance in Work, Academic, and Sports Teams

Authors: Steven Karau
Paperback ISBN: 9780128498675
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st February 2018
Page Count: 300
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Individual Motivation Within Groups: Performance in Work, Academic, and Sports Teams addresses the relationships between social loafing and motivation research, addressing longstanding, key psychological phenomena, such as social dilemmas, social facilitation and ostracism. Each chapter creates connections to related topics, including leadership, performance in learning groups, isolated teams, and more. The book provides a summary of the field’s history, synthesizes the research, and, using the Collective Effort Model, looks at the current level of understanding of both motivation losses and gains in groups.

Key Features

  • Applies individual motivation within groups to a variety of contexts, such as work teams, educational settings, sports teams, and more
  • Highlights advances in recent research, future directions and linkages with related research areas
  • Discusses cross-cultural and international implications
  • Looks at what detracts from, and contributes to, group motivation
  • Covers motivational losses that occur when people work in groups


Applied, social, and organizational psychologists; academics and researchers in these same areas, as well as those in the field of leadership

Table of Contents

1. Social Loafing and Motivation Gains in Groups
2. Social Indispensability and Social Competition as Triggers of Effort Gains in Teams
3. Social Loafing in Organizational Work Groups
4. Individual Motivation, Team Learning, and Performance in Collaborative Academic Contexts
5. Sustaining Individual Motivation in High-Demand Team Environments
6. Effort Gains and Effort Losses in Sports Teams
7. Back to the Future: The Kohler Motivation Gain in Exergames
8. Social Loafing in the Management of Social Dilemmas
9. Social Facilitation and Social Loafing
10. Ostracism and Motivation in Groups


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About the Author

Steven Karau

Dr. Karau is a professor at Southern Illinois University, teaching courses in organizational behavior and human resources. He conducts research on a range of organizational behavior issues, with a special focus on motivation within groups, team performance, and personality. He has published more than 35 articles in a variety of top psychology and management journals. Additionally, he 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

Affiliations and Expertise

Southern Illinois University, Illinois, USA