The Importance Of Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy Of Needs

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In today’s business world, managers and leaders alike utilize various business

styles and business theories to most effectively facilitate their success. However, they

are not new ideas nor are they uniquely theirs. History has brought us many great

minds who have influenced the way we act today. A better understanding of the people

who developed these ideas better helps us understand the theories used. Background

information such as biographical information, educational background, where the

management researchers began their business endeavors, and significant information

about their contributions will help us learn how the researchers developed their

knowledge and methods.

Perhaps none are more famous than Abraham Maslow.
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After a year there, he

enrolled in night classes at Brooklyn Law School as his father had wanted him to be a

lawyer. Shortly thereafter, Maslow managed to transfer to Cornell, earning a nearly free

state sponsorship due to his new found academic success. It was here that Maslow

began his true life journey and developed what we all know him for today, Maslow’s

Hierarchy of Needs.

Maslow categorized the needs we have to strive as humans as physiological needs,

safety needs, belonging and love needs, esteem needs, and self-actualization needs.

Air, food, water, shelter, warmth, and sex all come under physiological needs. If

unfulfilled, individuals find themselves unmotivated and struggling simply to survive, with

no other needs beyond that. Freedom from physical dangers as well as the inner

strength to become an adult and parent are part of the so called safety needs.The

desire to belong in a group, family, organisation, the need to form friendships, to love

and to be loved are all encompassing of what love and belonging needs are. Desires to

master your own work, to be the best you can be and be rest assured in your own
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This scale measures attitudes, through the use of options such as:

strongly agree, agree, and strongly disagree. Compounding the above achievements,

he wrote six books that he had published including Morale and Agency Management

and The Human Organization: Its Management and Value and even co-authored a book

with his wife, New Ways of Managing Conflict.

Continuing the scientific theme, Frederick Taylor was inventor and engineer who

is now known as the father of scientific management. Born in Pennsylvania in 1856,

Taylor started off as an inventor with 40 patents to his name, but ended up leaving his

mark on the world by bringing the business world into the efficient machine it is today.

Though accepted to Harvard, Taylor would forgo school for many years due to

complications in eyesight caused from night study. It was during this time off however

that Taylor would observe what later lead to his renowned place in history. Eventually

achieving academic success at Stevens Institute of Technology, Taylor learned to

articulate what he had saw while working as a machinist and began his theory of

scientific management. Taylor’s experience and work ethic brought him promotions

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