Douglas McGregor on Management (Hardcover)

Revisiting the Human Side of the Enterprise

By Gary Heil, Warren Bennis, Deborah C. Stephens

Wiley, 9780471314622, 196pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2000

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The words of Douglas McGregor, one of the fore-fathers ofmanagement theory and one of the top business thinkers of all time, cannot and should not be ignored. McGregor's vision of a morehumanistic workplace may not have been widely accepted over threedecades ago, but technological advancements that McGregor himselfanticipated have paradoxically helped companies become more human.Viewing employees not as cogs in the machine but as living beingswith individual goals-what McGregor called "the human side of theenterprise"-has proven to provide a remarkable competitiveadvantage.
Now, with the rise of the networked economy, the growing power offrontline workers, and the shift in power from mass producer toindividual consumer, authors Gary Heil, Warren Bennis, and DeborahStephens assert that McGregor's ideas are more important andrelevant than ever before.
Douglas McGregor, Revisited emphasizes McGregor's lasting influenceand updates his thinking with new concepts, fresh strategies, andmodern implementation. This timely work traces McGregor's originalthinking, which has emerged in current approaches that stressdistributed leadership, open-minded appraisal techniques, andemployee/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 intopractice 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-drivenworkplace
* Create a cause worthy of employee commitment
Also featured are examples from a host of companies and leaders whohave flourished under McGregor's approach. Authoritative and highlyinstructive, Douglas McGregor, Revisited offers new generations ofmanagers important lessons from history and from the field.
Praise for Douglas McGregor, Revisited
"This book revisits in a contemporary manner the most importantquestion facing management today: given what we know about humannature, how should work be managed so as to unleash the vastcreative potential of human beings? The evidence is overwhelmingthat many people either come to an organization or can beappropriately led to exhibit the behavior McGregor characterized as'Theory Y.' This book provides a 'how-to' approach for developingpeople at work and for establishing high performanceorganizations."-Joseph A. Maciariello, Horton Professor ofManagement
Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management, Claremont GraduateUniversity 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 Enterpriseand The Professional Manager, debunked Taylorism and described arevolutionary way to manage people. He was the first to apply thefindings in behavioral science to the world of business. Based onwhat had been learned about human behavior, McGregor explored theimplications of managing people in a different manner thantradition dictated.
The nature of work today makes McGregor's ideas more relevant thanever before. This important book applies his thinking to today'sbusiness world, proving again that the human aspect of work iscrucial to organizational effectiveness. It also suggests how youcan change your thinking and implement his ideas in your ownbusiness and workplace.

About the Author

GARY HEIL and DEBORAH C. STEPHENS are cofounders of the Center for Innovative Leadership. They are the coauthors of One Size Fits One and collaborators on Maslow On Management. Heil is also the author of Leadership and the Customer Revolution. WARREN BENNIS is Distinguished Professor of Business Administration at the University of Southern California and a consultant to multinational companies and governments throughout the world. Author of over a dozen books, including the bestsellers Leaders and On Becoming a Leader, Bennis's insights have fundamentally shaped the way we think about leaders today.