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1, 2, X, Y

Chris Argyris has his Model 1 and Model 2 theories of action:

  • Model I: The objectives of this theory of action are to: (1) be in unilateral control; (2) win and do not lose; (3) suppress negative feelings; and (4) behave rationally.
  • Model II:  The objectives of this theory of action are to: (1) seek valid (testable) information; (2) create informed choice; and (3) monitor vigilantly to detect and correct error.

Douglas McGregor has his X and Y theories of motivation:

  • Theory X: Employees are inherently lazy and will avoid work if they can and that they inherently dislike work.
  • Theory Y: Employees may be ambitious and self-motivated and exercise self-control; they enjoy their mental and physical work duties.

Let’s do an Argyris-McGregor mashup and see what types of enterprises emerge:

  1. ambiguous fish
    August 6, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    I could be ambitious and comment, but since i’m also lazy, i won’t.

    • August 6, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      Ambitious and lazy. Quite a fishy combo.

  1. August 9, 2012 at 5:39 am

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