Abraham Maslow: The Most Important Roles In Today's Business World

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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including notable people like Rembrandt and Van Gogh, self-actualisation needs were

all they were really able to achieve, struggling to find love or acceptance until long after

their deaths. This is important to remember as managers of today. In agreeing with this

criticism, everyone has their own needs in their own order and we should address every

employee differently.

Next on our list we have Lillian Gilbreth. Born in California in 1878, Gilbreth was

not only a mother to her 12 children, but also an engineer and an industrial psychologist

who became known as the mother of modern management. Graduating with two

degrees from the University of California, Gilbreth owes much of her success to the

forming a professional partnership with her husband Frank, who equally supported her

as she fused psychology and industry to bring about her theory. She did this by
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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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