Summary of Maslow on Management

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Maslow on Management book summary
Everyone knows the "Maslow Pyramid," but do you know what this psychologist wrote about management? Now you do.


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This book is a collection of entries from a journal that industrial psychologist Abraham H. Maslow kept in 1962 after spending the summer in a factory that permitted its workers some input into how production was organized. Authors and consultants Deborah C. Stephens and Gary Heil add a series of comments from various authorities, some quite astute, others serving only to remind one of the great gulf between genius and mediocrity. Maslow’s ruminations are unpolished, random, pointed, frank and often (from our modern perspective) quite politically incorrect. Some consider Maslow the greatest industrial psychologist ever, and his journal makes no concession to received opinion or popular fad. In fact, he goes out of his way to skewer both. It is noteworthy that most of the barbs he shot so long ago still manage to find their mark. getAbstract highly recommends this book to all readers who recognize the importance of periodically shaking the foundations of their most cherished assumptions about how the world works.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How organizations and people work, in psychological terms; and
  • How to view management theorists’ assumptions skeptically and critically.


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About the Authors

The late Abraham H. Maslow is one of the most widely renowned expert on human behavior and motivation. Authors, educators and business consultants Deborah C. Stephens and Gary Heil are co-founders of The Center for Innovative Leadership.

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