- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Irwin; 1 edition (August 1, 1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0070450986
- ISBN-13: 978-0070450981
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,909,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Human Side of Enterprise consists of 3 parts and is in total about 250 pages. I found it a well-written and easy to read book. The first part introduces the concepts of Theory X and Theory Y. Both of these are assumptions of human nature that lie behind certain management practices. The Theory X approach (as exemplified by "scientific management") believes the nature of humans is to be lazy and management needs to do whatever they can to extract effort out of the lazy humans. Theory Y basically assumes that people want to spend effort on work, like on play, and that we need to build environments that truly satisfy basic human needs of self-actualization. Theory Y management practices tend to be very participatory where everyone is involved in deciding how to work.
Part two explains how Theory Y assumptions would impact and dramatically change the way organizations work. McGregor covers many parts of organizations from a wonderful analysis of performance reviews to the responsibilities of managers and staff organizations. I especially enjoyed his analyze of performance reviews as it seems to way ahead of its time as even today that subject seems nearly taboo in most organizations.Read more ›
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A great book the principles of which helped to lead me to become a better manager and a successful leader of people.Published 13 months ago by Mort
The seminal book on management of the 20th century, and virtually all post graduate business school students have never heard of it!Published 17 months ago by Laurence Megson
What has always amazed me is how little attention has been given to this work, published in 1960. Organizations are continuously trying to "re-invent the wheel" with some... Read morePublished 20 months ago by PMcCarthy
This is one of the most important books in the history of management and organizational behavior. Too many managers talk about Theory X versus Theory Y without really knowing the... Read morePublished 22 months ago by William L. Mince
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Unlike later and earlier books in this genre, this one strikes a balance between two world views: "theory X" (a set of ideas that exclude all needs, motivations, and influences... Read morePublished on August 5, 2007 by A Reader
McGregor wrote this management classic 25 years ago. It is as relevant today as it was then. This is not to be missed by any generation of manager who truly wants to motivate... Read morePublished on October 2, 2005 by T. P. Berding
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