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[Xmca-l] Re: Intrinsic motivation?


It looks, from my reading, that you are using a hybrid set of terms along
the lines of both Engestrom and Leontyev.

The Leontyevian position is that the object of motive is personal.

The object of motive identifies the "throwness" of the person's current
intentional engagement as structured by their selected goals and
operations.  Hence a manager's designation of goals is not necessarily the
goals of the person's activity.  If you consider Marx's notion of
alienation contemporaneously as the frustration of a workers' desire to
undertake their work as a craft (i.e as a practice of craftsmanship) then
you have identified a frustrated personal motive that a worker may struggle
to realign with the demands placed upon them.

Hope this helps,

On 6 August 2014 16:35, Maria Cristina Migliore <migliore@ires.piemonte.it>

> Andy,
> I have found this solution: objective motive is the object of the activity,
> that is the strategy of production, as the CEO depicts it.
> The personal sense of that motive is how that motive emerges from the older
> workers' narratives of their professional and family life. It is for
> example the emphasis on quality by Ms D, while her employer put the
> emphasis on the quantity (I have written about Ms D in one of my previous
> emails).
> 2014-08-06 17:18 GMT+02:00 Andy Blunden <ablunden@mira.net>:
> > Can I just respond very briefly to your final comment concerning your
> > research, using Leontyev's conception of objective motives and personal
> > motives. This is the kind of dualism which I find very unhelpful.
> >
> > What is an objective motive? Or to put it another way, what motive is
> > there which is not personal?
> >
> >
> > Andy