Accession Number : ADA320325

Title :   Theory Z Management and the United States Air Force.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Kettler, Thomas R.

PDF Url : ADA320325

Report Date : NOV 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 55

Abstract : People are the vital link to any organization's success. Success, however, is an improbable outcome unless proper management techniques are employed to motivate individuals to achieve organizational objectives. As the Air Force transitions into the 21st century, the nation's warfighting and readiness capability rests with a force that faces budgetary, infrastructure, and personnel cutbacks. Given these constraints, a commander's ability to successfully accomplish a task or mission is directly related to the managerial techniques he or she employs to influence the human behavior of their people. One such technique, Theory Z management, is a concept proposed by William G. Ouchi, a professor at the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles. Theory Z management is an adaptation of traditional Japanese management principles to reflect American cultural values with the overall purpose of improving organizational performance, worker motivation, and the relationships between the worker and the manager. This paper will discuss the cultural basis for traditional Japanese management theory, the principles of Theory Z management, some opposing views of Theory Z management principles, and how Theory Z management practices can be adapted to the United States Air Force. Theory Z methodologies offer commanders alternatives to more traditional managerial approaches designed to motivate subordinates and complement the current Air Force focus on quality.

Descriptors :   *ORGANIZATION THEORY, *AIR FORCE PLANNING, COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, ORGANIZATIONS, MANAGEMENT, SCHOOLS, COMBAT READINESS, OPERATIONAL READINESS, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), HUMANS, JAPAN, TRANSITIONS, PERSONNEL, WORK, BEHAVIOR, VALUE, MOTIVATION, MILITARY COMMANDERS, CULTURE.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Defense Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE