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  • Hardcover: 340 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Rev Ed edition (31 Aug. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471247804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471247807
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.8 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 583,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Proper management of the work lives of human beings, of the way in which they earn their living, can improve them and improve the world and in this sense be a utopian or revolutionary technique." The pioneer behind the hierarchy of needs and the concept of self–actualization, Dr. Abraham Maslow was–and is–one of the world′s most esteemed experts on human behavior and motivation. However, while perhaps most famous for his work in the area of humanistic psychology, his legacy of work encompasses much more, extending into the realms of business and management. Having explored and studied the relationship between human behavior and the work situation, Maslow translated the science of the mind into the art of management–an important interpretation first published in the far–sighted treatise, Eupsychian Management, and whose impact continues to be felt today. Now, this seminal work has been updated, primed to introduce new readers to–and reacquaint old admirers with–what some have called the renowned psychologist′s best book. Bringing into perspective the lasting impact of Maslow′s groundbreaking principles, Maslow on Management illustrates how they have withstood the test of time to become integral components of current management practices, such as continuous improvement, Theory X, and empowerment. Offering insight into using these and other tools to effectively tackle present–day business situations, from heightened competitiveness to globalization to emerging technologies, Maslow on Management covers a wealth of timeless topics, including:
∗ Self–actualization–the freedom to effectuate one′s own ideas, try things out, make decisions, and make mistakes
∗ Synergy–what is beneficial for the individual is beneficial for everyone; individual success should not occur at the expense of others; align organizational goals with personal goals
∗ Enlightened management policy–assume that all your people have the impulse to achieve; everyone prefers to be a prime mover rather than a passive helper; everyone wants to feel important, needed, useful, successful, and proud; there is no dominance–subordination hierarchy
To complement Dr. Maslow′s original writings and to demonstrate how his forward–thinking ideas are being played out in today′s business world, Maslow on Management features interviews with Perot Systems Chairman Mort Meyerson, NonLinear Systems founder Andrew Kay, Esalen Institute founder Michael Murphy, and other prominent figures who provide incisive commentary on subjects ranging from creativity in business to leadership lessons for the digital age. Epitomizing the genius of its author and embodying his elegant ruminations, Maslow on Management is still as important as it was when it first appeared. A true classic, this is essential reading for all managers.

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A seminal work onhuman behavior in the workplace–now completely updated

"At last! We have all been quoting Maslow for years and to now have such an excellent compilation of his seminal thoughts on management and organization comes like a timely gift from heaven. The values and principles he taught decades ago are even more relevant today." –Stephen Covey, author, The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People.

"Maslow′s book is a readable, impressionistic masterpiece that extolled the virtues of collaborative, synergistic management decades ahead of its time. This edition reveals just how much the management thinkers of our day, including Peter Drucker, W. Edwards Deming, and Peter Senge, owe to Maslow, and how much, at the dawn of the twenty–first century, management can still learn from his insights." –Andrea Gabor, author, The Man Who Discovered Quality.

"Maslow′s brilliant and humane perspectives are made easily accessible in this exceptional book. It′s also quite humbling–why haven′t we yet actualized the truths about human nature and the nature of work?" –Margaret J. Wheatley, author, Leadership and the New Science and A Simpler Way.

"Maslow′s profound concept of self–actualization could generate a Copernican Revolution of work and society, catapulting us out of what future generations will look back on as the dark ages of management." –Jim Collins, coauthor, Built to Last.

The pioneer behind the hierarchy of needs and the concept of self–actualization, Dr. Abraham Maslow was–and is–one of the world′s most esteemed experts on human behavior and motivation. However, while perhaps most famous for his work in the area of humanistic psychology, his legacy of work encompasses much more, extending into the realms of business and management. Having explored and studied the relationship between human behavior and the work situation, Maslow translated the science of the mind into the art of management=an important interpretation first published in the far–sighted treatise, Eupsychian Management, and whose impact continues to be felt today. Now, this seminal work has been updated, primed to introduce new readers to–and reacquaint old admirers with–what some have called the renowned psychologist′s best book.

Bringing into perspective the lasting impact of Maslow′s groundbreaking principles, Maslow on Management illustrates how they have withstood the test of time to become integral components of current management practices, such as continuous improvement, Theory X, and empowerment. Offering insight into using these and other tools to effectively tackle present–day business situations, from heightened competitiveness to globalization to emerging technologies, Maslow on Management covers a wealth of timeless topics, including:
∗ Self–actualization–the freedom to effectuate one′s own ideas, try things out, make decisions, and make mistakes
∗ Synergy–what is beneficial for the individual is beneficial for everyone; individual success should not occur at the expense of others; align organizational goals with personal goals
∗ Enlightened management policy–assume that all your people have the impulse to achieve; everyone prefers to be a prime mover rather than a passive helper; everyone wants to feel important, needed, useful, successful, and proud; there is no dominance–subordination hierarchy.

To complement Dr. Maslow′s original writings and to demonstrate how his forward–thinking ideas are being played out in today′s business world, Maslow on Management features interviews with Perot Systems Chairman Mort Meyerson, Non–Linear Systems founder Andrew Kay, Esalen Institute founder Michael Murphy, and other prominent figures who provide incisive commentary on subjects ranging from creativity in business to leadership lessons for the digital age.

Epitomizing the genius of its author and embodying his elegant ruminations, Maslow on Management is still as important as it was when it first appeared. A true classic, this is essential reading for all managers.

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The basic theme in this book is "enlightened" management. What I found particularly interesting was Maslow's commenting of contemporaries like Drucker, Likert, McGregor, Argyris, Rogers, Skinner, et al. He writes for example that Skinner stressed "again and again and again ... on predictability, on control, on lawfulness, structure, etc." and how infrequently words like "creativeness, improvising, spontaneity, expressiveness, autonomy, and the like ..." were used (page 227). Maslow was clearly ahead of his time, and he is ahead of ours. "Traditional" management is still much more common than the "enlightened" management Maslow so brilliantly and convincingly argues for. Maslow's expectation was that enlightened management would change the whole society toward improvement and therefore, could be considered revolutionary. It is a very slow revolution indeed.
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This elegant and easy to read management book written over 50 years ago masks a deeper worrying message still applicable today.

I can only say every manager should put this book on their required reading list, along with all Maslow's earlier work, he was clearly one of the giants of management writing and what he has to say needs to be heard today just as loudly as 50 years ago
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I found it dissappointing to buy this after I had bought and read the original book, Eupsychian Management, simply because there was something amazing about the original that set it apart. This book is the original work with the added comments of modern management gurus and thinkers. As such it interrupts the flow of thought for me. The original was not an academic work but his notes and ramblings as he began his exploration of management and as such is a wonderful journey alongside the man as his ideas and thoughts develop. By all means read either as they contain all the material, but if you want the raw work get the original!!
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Notable business academics (e.g. Drucker) and practitoners have supplied tributes to this book. I urge you not to be put off that it was written in 1998. In fact, the original was written 37 years earlier in 1961. What is written in this book is timeless. It offers a fantastic insight into where management and leadership really ought to strive to be in the twenty-first century. I believe if you read it and apply some of its wisdom you will obtain a competitative advantage, both as an individual as well as organisationally.
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You either love or hate Maslow and his theory. Personally I was converted to his ideas by lecturers. It contains not only the theory but information on Abrham Maslow himself. A must for all true students.
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