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

Sowing Startup Success

Owen Davis ’08, managing partner of NYC Seed, doesn't believe people are born with a startup gene. "Anyone can launch," Davis says. "There’s a process that will minimize the silly mistakes new entrepreneurs make.”

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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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Organic vs. Paid Advertising? Inside the Mind of An Online Browser

New research by Columbia Business School offers rare insights into what consumers are thinking when they land on the search engine results page

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Columbia Business School’s Incoming Class Beats the Heat and ALS by taking the Ice Bucket Challenge Together

Incoming Columbia Business School students joined thousands of people around the country in taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and engaging in a friendly rivalry with other top business schools.

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Fragile by Design

In his new book, Professor Charles Calomiris shows how unlikely political coalitions have contributed to banking crises in some countries, and helped create stability in others.

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Transforming Safety

Neurotect, the startup cofounded by Linda Chase-Jenkins ’93, is poised to transform the sports safety market — and save millions of lives.

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Selling Sense

How does the order and experience of sampled products sway buyers’ decisions?

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Disrupting the Benefits Business

Rosaline Chow Koo ’88, who will attend the School’s Pan-Asian Reunion in October, has launched Asia’s first employee-benefits big data startup.

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