April 29, 2015

Y Reminds me of Theory Y

Some managers make the Theory Y assumptions about their subordinates.

Theory Y Assumptions

Average person has intrinsic interest in his work

He has desire for self-directing and he seeks responsibility, and he has  capacity to be creative in solving business problems.

Douglas McGregor concludes after providing description of Theory X and Theory Y, that the latter approach is the more desirable one for managers to follow.

Beyond Theory Y
John J. Morse and Jay W. Lorsch
FROM THE MAY 1970 ISSUE of Harvard Business Review

The authors, Morse and Lorsch proposed contingency theory in the above article. With some people, theory X based management will work and with some people theory Y based management will work. Managers have to find which works with whom and accordingly use the supervision method.

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