The Human Side of Enterprise Summary

The SQUEEZE: Companies today develop assumptions that generally align with business objectives. These objectives are based upon management strategies that must be knowledge-driven. This is the sentiment of Douglas McGregor’s book titled “The Human Side of Enterprise,” where he develops a question that revolutionizes the management field: “What are your assumptions (implicit as well as explicit” about the most effective way to manage people?” This question has been used as an instructional technique in business schools, psychology departments, and professional development seminars. In the book, McGregor contents that “Theory Y” individuals represent employees who are self-directed and self-motivated; on the other hand, “Theory X” individuals represent employees who must be commanded. McGregor’s “The Human Side of Enterprise” is a must-read for management staff of multiple industries.


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Notable Endorsement: “Douglas McGregor was a great boss. Wise, witty and insightful, he had extraordinary respect for his employees and believed that if they had the opportunity, they would be enthusiastic, responsible and ethical in the workplace. He believed this so strongly that he wrote this book in 1960 and forever changed management, whose predominant philosophy at that time was that people were inherently lazy, and would work only if you forced and punished them. McGregor was only 58 when he died in 1964, but his contributions to management theory and practice ensure his enduring legacy.” –Rolf Dobelli

Common Q’s Answered by this Book:

  • What are the best strategies for managing people?
  • What is “Theory Y”?
  • What is “Theory X”?
  • What is the “human side of enterprise”?
  • What is the information revolution?


About the Author: Douglas Murray McGregor was a professor of management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. McGregor served as president of Antioch College for six years. He taught management studies at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. McGregor completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from the Rangoon Institute of Technology. McGregor also completed a bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University and a doctorate degree in psychology from Harvard University. For a complete biography, visit:


Book Vitals:

  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill (December 2005)

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