Theory Z


Theory Z is a management concept that looks at motivating workers. It is of benefit to managers and business owners as it describes the main advantages, drawbacks, success factors and case evidence from some of the market leaders.

Concept Overview

Theory Z

Theory Z Definition

Theory Z expounds a management style blending Japanese and US organisational values. Developed by William Ouchi, it emphasises a strong company philosophy, a distinct corporate culture, long-range development and employment, consensual decision-making, and moderately specialised career paths (Adeniyi, 2007; Daft, 2004).

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  • Adeniyi, M.A. (2007) Effective Leadership Management: An Integration of Styles, Skills, & Character for Today's CEOs. AuthorHouse, Bloomington, Indiana, US.
  • Daft, R.L. (2004) Theory Z: Opening the Corporate Door for Participative Management. Academy of Management Executive, Vol. 18(4), pp. 117-21.
  • Halibozek, E.P. and Kovacich, G.L. (2005) Mergers and Acquisitions Security. Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford, UK.
  • Hollwitz, J. and Matthiesen, E. (1981) Improved Communication: Improved Productivity. Proceedings, Southwest American Business Communications Association, Houston.

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