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RJFT Task 1
A1. How Bill Bailey might use one theory of motivation to oppose or support the merger
A theory of motivation that Bill Bailey might use to oppose the merger is Adam’s Equity Theory of Motivation. This theory is based on the premise that an individual’s motivation to behave in a certain way is fueled by feelings of inequity or a lack of justice and that people strive for fairness in social exchanges or give-and-take relationships (Kreitner, 2009).
In the case of the Utah Symphony and Utah Opera merger, The Utah Opera is much more financially stable than the Utah Symphony. Bill Parker, the chairman of the board at the opera, is concerned that the opera will lose this stability and its flexibility to control things that directly affect this financial stability. With the symphony having set contracts with its musicians that must be honored, this could cause a need to dip into the opera’s reserve fund to cover these obligations. Also, Parker is concerned that the opera will be overshadowed by the symphony if the symphony becomes a tier-one arts organization.
Adam’s Equity Theory of Motivation believes that people evaluate the fairness of their work-related compensations by comparing them to those of others with similar positions or situations. There are two ways of comparing this fairness; negative inequity and positive inequity. When another person receives more or better compensation for a similar job, this is seen as a negative inequity. When another person receives less compensation for a similar job, this is seen as positive inequity. In this case, Bill Parker could rally support in opposition of the merger by pointing out several negative inequities within this merger such as the loss of financial...