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date: 10 August 2020

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This article demonstrates the economic utility of self-determined motivation and translates research results into economic terms, by using the cost-procedures-processes-outcomes-analysis, in order to reduce the scientist-practitioner gap. These economic utility analyses demonstrate how organizations can increase their profits and lessen their expenses by stimulating self-determined work motivation. We show how each dollar invested can generate $3.19 in return. It thus seems that being able to translate research results in economic terms is one way of reducing the scientist-practitioner gap because it uses a language understood by, namely money. Previous research results have shown the positive effect of having self-determined types of motivation but never were they translated into the language of money. Using economic utility analyses to translate research results in terms of money can efficiently help reduce the research-practitioner divide.

Keywords: motivation, self-determination theory, mental health, economic utility, return on investment

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