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Public Lecture by Dr Meng Zhu – “The Motivational Consequences of Resource Constraints”

Dr Meng Zhu
Dr Meng Zhu

MM held a Public Lecture on the topic "The Motivational Consequences of Resource Constraints" presented by Dr Meng Zhu, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School on 27 July 2017 in AG710, Chung Sze Yuen Building.

Abstract: In spite of a rich body of knowledge that has primarily focused on examining the impact of resource constraints on consumers' cognitive performance, attentional focus, physiological responses, and choice strategies, our understanding of the motivational consequences of resource availability remains limited. In our recent research, we examine the impact of resource constraints on individuals' extrinsic motivation (e.g., effort-exertion contexts where external rewards are  provided) and intrinsic motivation (e.g., learning contexts where no contingencies of tangible rewards or punishments are provided). The results from our investigations advance and deepen our understanding of the powerful and profound influences of constraints on human society, shedding further light on individual decision makers' adaptive versus maladaptive responses to resource constraints and offering implications for policy makers who seek to improve the long-term wellbeing of our institutions, communities and society as a whole.