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Title:
Douglas McGregor, revisited : managing the human side of the enterprise
Author:
Heil, Gary, 1950-
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Publication Information:
New York : Wiley, [2000]

©2000
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xi, 196 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780471314622
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Book

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The words of Douglas McGregor, one of the fore-fathers of management theory and one of the top business thinkers of all time, cannot and should not be ignored. McGregor′s vision of a more humanistic workplace may not have been widely accepted over three decades ago, but technological advancements that McGregor himself anticipated have paradoxically helped companies become more human. Viewing employees not as cogs in the machine but as living beings with individual goals-what McGregor called "the human side of the enterprise"-has proven to provide a remarkable competitive advantage.
Now, with the rise of the networked economy, the growing power of frontline workers, and the shift in power from mass producer to individual consumer, authors Gary Heil, Warren Bennis, and Deborah Stephens assert that McGregor′s ideas are more important and relevant than ever before.
Douglas McGregor, Revisited emphasizes McGregor′s lasting influence and updates his thinking with new concepts, fresh strategies, and modern implementation. This timely work traces McGregor′s original thinking, which has emerged in current approaches that stress distributed leadership, open-minded appraisal techniques, and employee/customer commitment.
Highlighted throughout with gems of wisdom in McGregor′s own words, the book describes the value of his theories for today′s managers. The authors carefully outline how to put McGregor′s thinking into practice in your own business so you can:
∗ Devise a better performance management system
∗ Form and supervise effective management teams
∗ Build cooperation instead of internal competition
∗ Cultivate an intrinsically motivating, values-driven workplace
∗ Create a cause worthy of employee commitment
Also featured are examples from a host of companies and leaders who have flourished under McGregor′s approach. Authoritative and highly instructive, Douglas McGregor, Revisited offers new generations of managers important lessons from history and from the field.
Praise for Douglas McGregor, Revisited
"This book revisits in a contemporary manner the most important question facing management today: given what we know about human nature, how should work be managed so as to unleash the vast creative potential of human beings? The evidence is overwhelming that many people either come to an organization or can be appropriately led to exhibit the behavior McGregor characterized as ′Theory Y.′ This book provides a ′how-to′ approach for developing people at work and for establishing high performance organizations."-Joseph A. Maciariello, Horton Professor of Management
Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University and Claremont McKenna College. Author of Lasting Value: Lessons from a Century of Agility at Lincoln Electric
Douglas McGregor′s seminal works, The Human Side of the Enterprise and The Professional Manager, debunked Taylorism and described a revolutionary way to manage people. He was the first to apply the findings in behavioral science to the world of business. Based on what had been learned about human behavior, McGregor explored the implications of managing people in a different manner than tradition dictated.
The nature of work today makes McGregor′s ideas more relevant than ever before. This important book applies his thinking to today′s business world, proving again that the human aspect of work is crucial to organizational effectiveness. It also suggests how you can change your thinking and implement his ideas in your own business and workplace.


Author Notes

Warren Bennis was born in the Bronx, New York on March 8, 1925. During World War II, he enlisted in the Army, completed officers' training, and became one of the youngest platoon leaders to serve in Europe. He was awarded both a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. He received a bachelor's degree from Antioch College in Ohio in 1951 and a doctorate in economics from M.I.T. As an educator, he taught organizational studies at Harvard University, Boston University, and the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management. He was a professor of business administration at The University of Southern California for more than 30 years.

He wrote more than 30 books on leadership including On Becoming a Leader, Leaders: Strategies for Taking Charge, and Why Leaders Can't Lead. He also wrote a memoir entitled Still Surprised. He advised several presidents and business executives on the essence of successful leadership including John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Gerald R. Ford, Ronald Reagan and Howard D. Schultz, the chief executive of Starbucks. Bennis died on July 31, 2014 at the age of 89.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Table of Contents

Douglas McGregorDouglas McGregorWarren BennisDouglas McGregor
Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Part 1 Why McGregor Mattersp. 1
1 Why McGregor Mattersp. 3
2 Rethinking Your Thinkingp. 19
3 Becoming McGregorianp. 33
4 Thinking Systematicallyp. 47
5 Performance Appraisal or Performance Developmentp. 53
6 Winning with Teamsp. 63
7 Build Cooperation Instead of Internal Competitionp. 73
8 Building the Intrinsically Motivating, Actualizing Organizationp. 81
9 Creating a Cause Worthy of Commitmentp. 107
10 Leaders, Test Your Assumptionsp. 119
Part 2 Selected Essays of Douglas McGregorp. 127
The Human Side of Enterprise by Douglas McGregorp. 130
New Concepts of Managementp. 145
A Philosophy of Managementp. 154
Chairman Macp. 168
An Uneasy Look at Performance Appraisalp. 180
Indexp. 193

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