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William G. Ouchi (born 1943) is a researcher in the field of business management, an American professor and the author of famous management book Theory Z.
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William Ouchi first came to prominence for his studies of the differences between Japanese and American companies and management styles. His first popular book in 1981 summarized his observations. Theory Z: How American Management Can Meet the Japanese Challenge made the 'best-seller' lists, and remained there for five months. His second book, The M Form Society: How American Teamwork Can Recapture the Competitive Edge, examined various techniques implementing that approach. William Ouchi proposed 3 approaches to control in an organization's management: Market control Bureaucratic control Clan control
In recent years William Ouchi has turned his attention to the organization and effectiveness of schools and issues of school district administration. He published an overview in 2003 in Making Schools Work. He chaired an education reform panel for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California, and some of his proposals are being considered currently. In the 1990s, he served in the administration of former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan. In Theory Z, Ouchi describes the art of Japanese management and shows how it can be adapted to American companies. He takes readers behind the scenes at several U.S. corporations making the Theory Z change and shows step-by-step how the transition works. Ouchi also examines the corporate philosophies that have become blueprints for Theory Z success, and looks at the evolving culture of “Z” people in society. Professor Ouchi's new theory of management promises to change the way managers and employees alike think about their jobs, their companies, and their working lives. Theory Z, according to the best management minds in America, will soon take its rightful place in everyone's business vocabulary
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William G. Ouchi (born 1943) is an American professor and author in the field of business management. William Ouchi was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He earned a B.A. from Williams College (1965), an MBA from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Chicago....