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date: 12 July 2020

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This Handbook covers a wide range of applications of self-determination theory to the world of work, and offers a multitude of ideas for future research. In this chapter, I reiterate some of the major points raised across the chapters by organizing them into coherent themes. I also cover other areas of application that were not covered in the chapters, but where self-determination theory has left its mark, or where it could potentially make a difference. The themes I uncovered include the concept of psychological needs, practical applications, the darker side of psychology, energy, managing employees, and compensation. The additional areas I added include performance monitoring, time, teams, information technology, knowledge sharing, innovation, career and job choice, and volunteer work.

Keywords: self-determination theory, need satisfaction, autonomous motivation, controlled motivation, work motivation

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