Analysis of mcgregor, aldelfer and murray’s motivation theories and their applicability in the military

  • 1 Vasil Levski National Military University, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria


The article discusses some of the content motivational theories, examining their applicability in military organisation. The purpose of the report is to analyse the theories of McGregor, Aldelfer and Murray rather than indicate the best approach for motivation. The results of the analysis will contribute to a clearer understanding of military motivation and provide guidance that commanders and chiefs could use to enhance their own motivational style.



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