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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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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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Motivation Science Events

INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE ON MOTIVATION SCIENCE
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, NY
MAY 2 & 3, 2015

by E.T. Higgins & Arie Kruglanski

Motivation Science Publications

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

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

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10 Ways to Create a Culture of Open Communication

Creating a culture of open communication can be one of the best ways to inspire excellent performance, improve employee morale, and foster a warmer corporate culture, says Alexander Tuff ’03.

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Columbia Business School Welcomes Six New Board Members

In May, Columbia Business School welcomed six new members to its esteemed Board of Overseers.

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Columbia Startup Lab Revs Its Engines for Year Two

It’s been exactly one year since the Columbia Startup Lab opened its doors at 175 Varick Street as a shared workspace for budding Columbia entrepreneurs. With a proven track record and a full roster for the coming year, you might say the lab is a startup success story itself.

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AMERICAN TORTURE SUPPORTERS ARE OFTEN BIASED

New research from Columbia Business School reveals the selective beliefs behind torture support

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Europe’s Last Act?

The euro was supposed to strengthen Europe. But it has had the opposite effect.

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Greece, Argentina, and the Middle-Income Trap

Aside from an established tradition of bad macroeconomics, what do Greece and Argentina have in common? They are the world’s longest-held captives of the middle-income trap.

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A Decisive Victory — and an Uncertain Future — for the UK

According to Geoff Heal, the Conservative victory in the UK leaves the near-term future of the United Kingdom — and its ties to Europe and the world — on shaky ground.

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Growth Sometimes Wins

In this month's UK election results, Charles Calomiris sees a mix of smart, populist politics, and a citizenry ready to trade short-term comfort for austerity’s promise of long-term growth.

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How Learning Creates Growth

Joseph E. Stiglitz and Bruce C. Greenwald explain how the key to economic innovation and prosperity lies within each of us — and within entire societies. The two were awarded the Eccles Prize for Excellence in Economic Writing

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