Reinforcement theory can be applied by managers in the workplace to produce better performance and behaviour among employees. The strengths and weaknesses of reinforcement principles are discussed and case evidence and advice on practical implementation is provided.
Reinforcement Theory Definition
Reinforcement theory, an important concept in the branch of psychology known as 'behaviourism', describes "a contingency between an operant behaviour and an environmental consequence, suggesting that the response and the consequence are two distinct classes of events" (Pierce & Epling, 1999).
Reinforcement Theory Description *
* The full technique overview is available for free. Simply login to our business management platform, and learn all about Reinforcement Theory.
Reinforcement Theory Strengths *
Reinforcement Theory Weaknesses *
Examples of Reinforcement Theory *
* The business evidence section is for premium members only. Please contact us about accessing the Business Evidence.
Reinforcement Theory Implementation *
Success Factors of Reinforcement Theory *
Measures of Reinforcement Theory *
* The business application section is for premium members only. Please contact us about accessing the Business application.
Reinforcement Theory Videos *
Reinforcement Theory Downloads *
* The professional tools section is for premium members only. Please contact us about accessing the professional tools.
Reinforcement Theory Web Resources *
Reinforcement Theory Print Resources *
Reinforcement Theory References (4 of up to 20) *
- Akers, R., Marvin, L., Krohn, D., Lanza-Kaduce, L. and Radosevich, M. (1979) ‘Social learning and deviant behavior: A specific test of a general theory’, American Sociological Review Vol.44(4) pp.635–55.
- Arvey, R. D., & Ivancevich, J. M. (1980). Punishment in organizations: A review, propositions and research suggestions. Academy of Management Review, Vol.5, pp.123-132.
- Chance, P. (2003) Learning and Behaviour, Fifth Edition. Wadsworth Thomas Learning Inc.
- Deci, E. L. (1972). The effects of contingent and non-contingent rewards and controls on intrinsic motivation. Organizational Behavior and Human Performance, Vol.8, pp.217-229.
* The further reading section is for premium members only. Please contact us about accessing the further reading.
Learn more about KnowledgeBrief Manage and how you can equip yourself with the knowledge to succeed on Reinforcement Theory and hundreds of other essential business management techniques