How can an artificial manager motivate employees? Part 1

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In 2020, Dr. Adrian Pyszka and I received funding to develop our first phone app to act as a powerful online managerial tool, a well-known research platform called We thought for a long time about what organizational size to choose in order to design a mechanism used by the manager on this basis, but easy to automate and replace the human manager with a robot.

The choice fell on the managerial activity that every team manager undertakes, even if he doesn’t know it. Every manager motivates (or demotivates) his employees. That’s why we chose the managerial activity colloquially known as “motivating employees.” When we started designing the application for Android and iOS (programming was handled by our indispensable programmer Eng. Rafal Ujma), we came to the conclusion that we need to use several organizational quantities in a certain sequence. The theoretical course of the managerial activity “motivating employees” included two managerial actions, consisting of two organizational terms derivative and primary, respectively. These were:

Managerial action 1:

examine (derivative organizational term)

motivation (primary organizational term)

Managerial action 2:

prepare (derivative organizational term)

motivation plan (primary organizational term)

The manager’s activity of motivating an employee where in the loop. First, you need to examine motivation (managerial action 1), and then plan motivational activities (managerial action 1). Then, after some time, you need to examine motivation again (managerial action 1) and plan motivational activities again (managerial action 1). And so on.

Figure 1 shows the sequence of these two managerial actions, followed by another two, labeled version 2.

Figure 1. Motivation of employees depicted by organizational terms

Recall that a derivative organizational term is a process that a manager (or someone on his team) undertakes, and a primary organizational term is a resource that is created as a result of this process. Such a pair of objects make up a managerial action. If you don’t remember what organizational terms are, read about it in some previous posts, one of which is:

I will also remind you that in the assumptions of the system of organizational terms, we record successive states of the primary organizational term, that is, in the above example, the managerial tool (in this case, the application) recorded the state “motivation” and “motivation plan”. The symbols next to these terms, i.e. motivation 1.2, means that it is the object numbered 1 in version 2. As you can guess, once started such a sequence of activities, each subsequent study of a person’s motivation is the next version of the organizational term motivation 1.x, where x is just this next version.

In future posts I will show how this application looks like and what came out of our tests.