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Achievement standard 90847 - Business studies 2.5

Investigate the application of motivation theory in a business.

This achievement standard relates to learning objective 7-1.

Students will gain knowledge, skills, and experience to:

  • explore how and why large businesses in New Zealand make operational decisions in response to internal and external factors.

Explanatory note 2

Contexts for learning

The context for learning is a suitable business (with identifiable motivation practices) connected to the student’s life and community.

To read why using such a context is good teaching practice, see the connection section under 'Four mechanisms that facilitate learning in the social sciences'.

Students are required to undertake all aspects of an investigation, which typically includes planning the research, collecting and recording data, presenting and comprehensively explaining the findings as they relate to the nominated theory and case study practice.

Business knowledge, concepts, and content

This achievement standard requires that students demonstrate understanding of the following business knowledge, concepts, and content (in no particular order):

  • the purpose of motivation
  • different types of motivation, for example, collective (whānau, hapū, iwi) versus individual profit motivation
  • theories (Maslow, Taylor, Mayo, Herzberg, McGregor, Vroom)
  • factors (financial and non-financial, intrinsic and extrinsic)
  • evaluation of motivation techniques for business success.

Related Māori concepts

Māori concepts that relate to this achievement standard include:

  • tikanga
  • pūtake
  • tūranga
  • kaitiakitanga
  • rangatiratanga.

See also:

Explanatory notes 3, 4, and 5

See: Achievement grades at level 2

Last updated July 11, 2012



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