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The Motivation Matrix: Passion, Recognition, and Inclusivity in Nonprofit Leadership with Mijeong Kwon

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“Positive feedback within organizations is crucial. While intrinsic motivation can decrease with excessive recognition, genuine and unexpected positive recognition, especially emphasizing pro-social impact, can boost intrinsic motivation.”

– Mijeong Kwon
Episode #164

Overview

In this episode of What the Fundraising Podcast…

This episode unfolds through a captivating exploration of various dimensions of motivation, work dynamics, and the interplay between intrinsic motivation, passion, and potential exploitation. Today’s guest, Mijeong Kwon, is an Assistant Professor of Management at the University of Colorado Denver Business School. Her research focuses on the social dynamics of work motivation, explicitly exploring how individuals articulate their reasons for working and assess their peers based on their motivations for employment.

 In her recent paper, Mijeong, alongside her colleagues, delved into the intriguing connection between a love for one’s work and the perception of intrinsic motivation as a moral virtue. The study revealed that those who view intrinsic motivation as morally virtuous tend to consider working for money and recognition immoral.

During today’s conversation, Mijeong sheds light on the subsequent tendency to evaluate colleagues based on their motivations, creating an intriguing workplace dynamic. Also, she delves into the nuanced relationship between intrinsic motivation, passion, and the emerging concept of “passion exploitation.” Moreover, Mijeong draws attention to the challenges faced by those with solid passions, often expected to work for less due to the belief that the work itself serves as its reward. Also, this discussion uncovers societal tendencies to discount intrinsic motivations, emphasizing external cues like money and fame.

 

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Mijeong Kwon is an Assistant Professor of Management at the University of Colorado Denver Business School. She received her PhD in Management and Organizations at the University of Michigan. She studies how people attach positive and negative values to work motivation.

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