Theory Z, from Bo Keely

February 28, 2011 |

I'm floored that one of the most useful business books, Theory Z, isn't reviewed at amazon. The reasons may be the ugly title and unlikely author name Ouchi, but that's those are the only things wrong with the text that compares American to Japanese business practices. It turns out that Theory Z has evolved into a business term : "Theory Z is an approach to management based upon a combination of American and Japanese management philosophies and characterized by, among other things, long-term job security, consensual decision making, slow evaluation and promotion procedures, and individual responsibility within a group context…"





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  1. Alex on March 4, 2011 9:11 am

    I read Theory Z ages ago as a teenager. It was my favorite book, and really shaped how I look at business.

    Kinda surprised to hear the lack of love, thought it was an automatic classic.


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