Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Chapter 8 discusses a range of information in regards to Organizational Behavior. One of the subjects that stood out to me was "Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs." "Abraham Maslow developed a theory of personality that has influenced a number of different fields" (Simons 1). One of those topics that constantly debates Maslow's theory is of course business. Maslow wrote that the needs of human being can be classified as: physiological, safety, needs of love and affection, nees for esteem, and needs for self-actualization.
There is much debate to Maslow's Hierarchy. Some feel that it accurately defines human behavior and has "a high level of practicality" (Simons 1). Others, including myself, feel that human behavior evolves too quickly, and there are some many personality differences with human beings, there's no true way of prioritizing their needs nor their actions. Physiological needs of course are always the first priority when it comes to humans. Without water and food, it's impossible to survive. This however, is not the debate I wish to bring up. Its the last "needs" and how they are prioritized that I wish to discuss.
I don't no believe that its possible to prioritize human's needs, nor correlate it to human behavior. This was a very interesting read.

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs."Janet A. Simons, Donald B. Irwin and Beverly A. Drinnien
West Publishing Company, New York, 1987

1 comment:

  1. Maslow would say that the various needs can become prepotent (appear in the foreground) at different times, and that we are not locked into a rigid hierarchy there. For example, at work, there are days when we feel like his "well adjusted slave" and want to revolt, but only after lunch!