• Luděk Kolman Czech University of Life Sciences Prague
  • Hana Chýlová Czech University of Life Sciences Prague
  • Richard Selby Czech University of Life Sciences Prague



Work motivation, theories, semiotic analysis, systematization 


The paper deals with a semiotic analysis of work motivation theories developed in the second half of the twentieth century. These theories stem from different theoretical backgrounds, varying in ideas as well as in their impact to work motivation reality. For a student approaching this field it might seem to provide an overwhelming situation in an area of study filled with contradictory theories. The method used in this study is similar to one historians use when analysing development in a human society - semiotic analysis. Based on the historical analysis, an analysis of ideas and clusters of meanings follows. Authors assume that personal experience might determine individual motivation factors. It is quite clear, that on the biological level the processes of motivation should be the same in all humans. However, stimuli or conditions under which the processes of motivation are commenced might be caused by the personal experience of the individuals concerned. Authors believe that the above mentioned analysis of clusters of meaning could help us to better systemize the wide range of work motivation theories and make it more evident for all students of the field.


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Kolman, L., Chýlová, H. and Selby, R. (2012) ’AN ATTEMPT ON NEW SYSTEMATIZATION OF WORK MOTIVATION THEORIES’, Journal on Efficiency and Responsibility in Education and Science, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 92–98.



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