Partner performance and motivation

Interagency partnerships are operationalized by individual agencies assigning specific personnel as representatives to that partnership. While there is no “standard” that applies across criminal justice system components regarding how those representatives are selected, in many cases agencies assign upper level management to those positions for myriad of reasons. Among those reasons are the perception that assigning a person with status in the parent agency (rank and position) implies that the agency is taking the partnership “seriously”, that a person with rank is viewed as someone who can make decisions for their agency and someone of higher rank is usually a “peer” of the representatives assigned from the other agencies.

Looking at an assignment to an inter-agency partnership from the perspective of the person who is assigned, what could be their motivation for either succeeding or failing in this assignment? The individual with “rank” will most likely be assigned to the position by their agency, as opposed to seeking out the position, which would imply a high level of intrinsic interest motivation (Fang & Gerhart, 2012, p. 1178). Also, agency representatives with “rank” usually achieve the promotions needed to achieve this status through competitive processes and were motivated to some extent by increases in individual pay. This correlates with the Pay For Individual Performance (PFIP) motivation used in management studies and mentioned in the article cited below. Understanding the motivation of the individual assigned to represent their parent agency in inter-agency partnerships is critical to selecting the best candidate for the job.

Your task for this discussion question is to provide responses to the below questions regarding motivation. Read and utilize information from the Fang & Gerhart article in your responses.

1. Describe and provide examples from the criminal justice setting for the motivation theories of Pay For Individual Performance (PFIP) and Cognitive Evaluation Theory (CET).

2. With the individual agency and criminal justice system-wide goal of achieving the highest level of success in these multi-agency partnerships, how would you suggest selecting the appropriate personnel to assign to these positions? (Keep in mind that a higher ranking person will be needed to maintain the parent agency’s specific goals and objectives while working for solutions to system wide problems.)


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