Is a Bottom-up Approach a Theory Y Approach?

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David Wilson
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Is a Bottom-up Approach a Theory Y Approach?

Theory X and Theory Y are 1960's theories of human motivation created and developed by Douglas McGregor at the MIT Sloan School of Management. They describe two very different attitudes toward workforce motivation. McGregor felt companies followed either one or the other approach.
- In Theory X, which has been proven counter-effective in most modern practice, management assumes employees are inherently lazy and will avoid work if they can and that they inherently dislike work.
- In Theory Y, management assumes employees may be ambitious and self-motivated and exercise self-control.
It is believed the talents of employees are under utilized in most organizations. Is Theory Y comparable to a bottom-up approach?


Andrea Kelly, Jamaica

Theory Y may Lead to a Bottom up Approach

Theory Y is not the same as the bottom up approach. Theory Y is one view of management of their empl... Sign up

Earl G. Rowe, Jamaica

Theory X or Theory y versus Bottom-up Perspective

According to Douglas McGregor, Theory Y employees are self-motivating. However, if Theory Y employee... Sign up

Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

Theory X and Bottom Up

@Earl G. Rowe: Indeed the self fulfilling prophecy you are describing is realistic: an authoritarian... Sign up

Brett E Holdeman
Student (University), United States

Bottom Up Change Has a Better Chance with a Theory Y Mindset

This is actually a good idea! Utilizing self-motivated individuals who aren't afraid to assume self-... Sign up

Brett E Holdeman
Student (University), United States

Theory y and Bottom-Up Go Hand-in-hand

McGregor felt Theory X employees were lazy and only out for themselves and what they could gain from... Sign up


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