Making Motivation Work

Our mission is to help integrate research findings across areas in motivation science and identify general principles at work in different settings and at different levels of analysis (from individual to interpersonal, small group to organizational).

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Furthering Motivation Science

Through its research seminars, conferences, and speaker series, the center provides opportunities for motivation scientists, practitioners, and policymakers to meet, discover their shared interests, and work together to further their common goals.

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Publications

These featured books, journal articles, and working papers from Motivation Science Center faculty, fellows, and members are a sample of the field’s most interesting and important recent findings.

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Announcements

October 8, 2013

The 8 Motivational Challenges: A Short Guide to Lighting a Fire Under Anyone-Including Yourself by Heidi Grant Halvorson

Week of April 29, 2013

The homepage of Columbia Business School featured Tory Higgins ' article from Ideas at Work: What Really Moves Us?

April 18, 2013

FOCUS: Use Different Ways of Seeing the World for Success and Influence by Heidi Grant Halvorson and E.Tory Higgins

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The Curl Ideas to wrap your mind around

Dealing in Data

When it comes to negotiating the most profitable prices, humans help — but data delivers.

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A Storyteller Goes Back to School

Amanda Kinsey ’12 has produced a film about Columbia University's storied past.

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Is Australia on the Wrong Track?

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has defended many of his government’s reforms by invoking the American model of cutbacks on spending.

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Taking Flight

"To get a venture off the ground, you really just have to start," says serial entrepreneur Drew Patterson '06, whose newest gig is leading hotel search site Room 77.

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A Rigorous Approach — from the Beginning

Murray Low and Cliff Schorer talk about Columbia’s unique approach to entrepreneurship — and the skills that are most critical for entrepreneurs today.

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Leading Opinion Online

Online networks — such as Facebook or YouTube — offer a unique environment to capture the evolution of opinion leaders. Professor Kinshuk Jerath and others created a model to analyze how opinion leaders are shaped online.

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Pro-borrower or Pro-lender?

Commercial contract laws that govern lending can generate big business for states — but borrower beware.

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For Some CEOs, No Price Is Too High to Retain Control In a Proxy Battle

In new research from Columbia Business School, CEOs are three times as likely to value shares above market value to avoid getting pushed out

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Sunshine at the Fed

Should central banks be more transparent?

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