Cecil Alec Mace

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Cecil Alec Mace (1894 – 7 June 1971) was a British philosopher and industrial psychologist.[1]

He discredited the notion that workers are primarily incentivized by money. He also stated that people have a "will to work." In 1935, he conducted the first empirical studies of goal setting.[2]

Literary works[edit]

  • Sibylla; or, the Revival of Prophecy. 1926
  • A Manual of Psychology 1929
  • The psychology of study, etc. 1932.
  • The Principles of Logic. An introductory survey. 1933
  • Supernormal Faculty and the Structure of the Mind. 1937
  • Current Trends in British Psychology. Edited by C. A. Mace and P. E. Vernon. 1953
  • The Psychological Approach to Scientific Management - can this be applied in the home? 1954
  • British Philosophy in the Mid-Century. A Cambridge symposium. Edited by C. A. Mace. 1957
  • Selected papers. 1973.
  • Mace, Cecil Alec (1932). The psychology of study. London: Methuen & Co. Ltd. viii, 96. LCCN 3324188 Check |lccn= value (help). OCLC 6654937. 


  1. ^ "Professor Alec Mace". The Times (London, England). 9 June 1971. p. 16. 
  2. ^ Cecil alec mace: The man who discovered goal-setting, by Paula Phillips Carsona; Kerry D. Carsona; Ronald B. Headya; doi:10.1080/01900699408524960; International Journal of Public Administration, Volume 17, Issue 9 1994 , pages 1679 - 1708