1st Student's Major

Management, Computer Information Science

1st Student's College


Students' Professional Biography

Joshua Randall is the son of Michael and Vickie Randall. Joshua was born in Mankato in 1984; he graduated from New Ulm Senior High School in 2003. He is pursuing Bachelor of Sciences in Management and Speech Communication, and minors in Marketing and Business Administration. Joshua has been a member of the Maverick Forensics team the three years that he has been at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He is on track to graduate from MSU in May of 2007. After graduation, Joshua plans to work towards his Master of Arts in Communications. When not in school Joshua enjoys watching sports and staying up to date with online news sources. Seth Larson graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato in the spring of 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Sciences along with a minor in Business. While Seth has not found a job, yet, he hopes to be able to combine his knowledge of computers along with the knowledge that he learned while taking his business classes and compiling this research project in his future career. Stacy Novotny is a senior at Minnesota State University, Mankato and will be graduating in December, 2006. Ms. Novotny, originally from LeCenter, will be receiving her Bachelors degree in Management, along with a minor in Minnesota’s Accounting program.

Mentor's Name

James Dimock

Mentor's Email Address


Mentor's Department

Communication Studies

Mentor's College

Arts and Humanities


Motivation has been defined as an emotion or desire operating on the will and causing it to act. In this respect, ‘motivations provide the motor for behavior,’ and according to Pincus, motivation as a psychological construct has played many roles as paradigms have risen and fallen over the decades (2004). To obtain a better understanding of motivation in the twenty-first century, this paper focuses on what motivation is, the role goals play in motivation, how motivation can be maintained, the impact of technology on motivation, the practical implications of needs-based motivation theories, and the concept of over-motivation.

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