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

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

Serial entrepreneur Drew Patterson ’06, who served on the founding teams of Kayak, Jetsetter, and Checkmate, and now runs hotel search site Room 77, offers advice to aspiring entrepreneurs.

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Sunshine at the Fed

Should central banks be more transparent?

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To Reap Innovation’s Rewards, Team Up

Why does new technology spread so slowly in many industries?

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Alumni Support Helps Business School Reach New Heights

Alumni and School supporters came together to set a new fundraising record for the Columbia Business Fund and EMBA Fund in fiscal year 2014.

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Savvy Risks, Sustainable Rewards

How—and why—to take smart chances on renewable energy.

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Wounded Warrior Project: Leading from the Front

As the WWP entered its second decade, what governance policies and practices would ensure its continued success?

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Wei Jiang Named Director of Chazen Institute

Wei Jiang, the Arthur F. Burns Professor of Free and Competitive Enterprise in the Finance and Economics Division, has been appointed Director of the School’s Jerome A. Chazen Institute of International Business.

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Sharp Electronics in 2013

In 2013 Sharp Electronics shareholders expressed their outrage in the face of the company’s unmet technological challenges, plunging share price, and governance missteps. To turn Sharp around, President Kozo Takahashi would be forced to undo decisions that his predecessors had made and break with past traditions concerning Sharp’s corporate governance. Would Takahashi be successful in steering Sharp away from insolvency and towards a more competitive position in the worldwide consumer electronics industry?

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