Essay on Maslow vs. Mcgregor
Douglas McGregor was a management professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He introduced a new motivational theory in his book ‘The Human Side of Enterprise’, stating that all workers were divided into two groups: Theory X and Theory Y. Theory X workers were lazy, irrational and unreliable, and were only motivated by money and threatened by punishment. Theory Y workers were able to seek and accept responsibilities and fulfil any goals given.
The Human Side of Enterprise, written my McGregor in 1960, was voted the fourth most influential management book of the 20th century by the Fellows of the Academy of Management. The ideas and theories shown in the book have remained relevant and are taught in Universities across …show more content…
The use of Theory Y techniques is becoming ever more popular in the modern business organisation. Managers are creating a work environment that promotes employee innovation and self-direction. These employees don’t require the use of threat and coercion to motivate them to work. They see opportunities to reach company objectives and they take them on their own accord. If we compare McGregor’s theory to Maslow’s, we see strong correlation between Theory Y employees and employees