A leading figure in the quality movement is the featured speaker in a three-hour satellite seminar March 29. "Rethinking Motivation: Why Incentive Systems Cannot Work," sponsored by the Institute for Competitive Manufacturing, will be held from noon to 3 p.m. in 419 Engineering Hall. The seminar is presented by Alfie Kohn to a live studio audience and simultaneously broadcast to licensed downlink sites. Kohn is the author of four books, including "No Contest: The Case Against Competition," which "opens up a new world of living," according to the late quality guru W. Edwards Deming, and, most recently, "Punished by Rewards: The Trouble With Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise and Other Bribes." The seminar includes group activities, and participants can interact with the speakers by calling or faxing questions and comments. The objectives of the seminar: * Explore the nuances of motivation, challenging the simplistic carrot-and-stick approach so prevalent in U.S. workplaces. * Question the conventional wisdom about compensation systems and demonstrate that the more closely pay is conditioned on performance, the more damage is done. * Invite participants to reflect on praise and recognition, competition and the increasingly fashionable practice of trying to bribe people to work together. * Focus on the concrete steps that can be taken to move from extrinsic to intrinsic motivation, from doing things to people to working with them, and from the manipulation of behavior to a common quest for quality. The conference fee of $100 includes a box lunch, conference materials and parking. Registration is available through the Office of Continuing Engineering Education, 422 Engineering Hall, 333-6634.