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The Human Side of Enterprise

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What are your assumptions (implicit as well as explicit) about the most effective way to manage people?

So began Douglas McGregor in this 1960 management classic. It was a seemingly simple question he asked, yet it led to a fundamental revolution in management. Today, with the rise of the global economy, the information revolution, and the growth of knowledge-driven work,
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Hardcover, Annotated Edition, 423 pages
Published January 11th 2006 by McGraw-Hill Companies (first published January 1st 1960)
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Omar Halabieh
Mar 09, 2013 Omar Halabieh rated it it was amazing
I recently finished reading the classic The Human Side of Enterprise by Douglas McGregor. Below are selected excerpts from the book that I found particularly insightful:

1- "It seems clear to me that the making of managers, in so far as they are made, is only to a rather small degree the result of management's formal efforts in management development. It is to a much greater degree the result of management's conception of the nature of its task and of all the policies and practices which are cons
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Stephen
Jul 24, 2011 Stephen rated it really liked it
READ AUG 2009

Required seminal work for any student of organizational behavior and leadership development. Best quote, "all managerial decisions and actions rest on assumptions about behavior" (p. 13)..."We cannot hope much longer to operate the complex, interdependent, collaborative enterprise which is the modern industrial company on the completely unrealistic premise that it consists of individual [independent or dependent] relationships" (p. 324).

McGregor's argument still holds true today fo
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Peter A.
Mar 21, 2008 Peter A. rated it it was amazing
The Human Side of Enterprise by Douglas McGregor - 1960.
A review of an extraordinary book by Peter A Hunter, Author of “Breaking the Mould.”


This is the most difficult book it has ever been my extraordinary pleasure to review.

For some time now I have, at intervals, come across the influence of this book and have never thought to look for the source or follow up the reference.
When I was given a copy of the book I glanced at the first two pages intending to put it on the shelf next to the growing p
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Henry Sturcke
Jun 19, 2015 Henry Sturcke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll admit it: I fell into the misapprehension that McGregor was advocating Theory Y and condemning Theory X. After all, who wouldn't want to be treated as an intelligent teammate who was motivated more by the opportunity to make a contribution and to have that contribution acknowledged and appreciated?

One of the most influential books in the study of management.
Kathy
Sep 18, 2014 Kathy rated it it was amazing
A book very advanced for it's time. It's too bad most organization still leverage the principles which design and support a system of theory X management. This is a book wish those in management should really become familiar with.
Steve Fenton
Apr 16, 2016 Steve Fenton rated it it was amazing
The Human Side of Enterprise is the work that first presented Theory X and Theory Y. These are not management theories; but underlying assumptions about human behaviour. They are also not extremes on a continuum - they are mutually exclusive.

In terms of workplace motivation, McGregor is the originator of the movement that Dan Pink is a torch bearer for now.
Preston
Mar 20, 2013 Preston rated it really liked it
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For those of you who wish to move beyond the presumption that you deserve the vocation of management and wish to actually equip yourself with a tool to do the job from an educated standpoint, this is one of the indispensables to add to your reading. no offense.
Olaf
Oct 30, 2013 Olaf rated it it was amazing
Surprised of how many concepts of successfull Mgmt./Leadership Books of the Last years can be found in this 50 Year Old Book
Joe
May 27, 2012 Joe rated it it was amazing
At age 50+, McGregor's classic is still must-reading for any manager, or hope-to-be manager.
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applied business logics. good book to surf through once in a while...
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