Bonus Paper 1 Kenyon Stanley Dr.

White COMM 604 07 March 2011 Bonus Paper I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the early theories of organizational communication. I hold the belief that society can¶t understand where we are going until we first grasp where we have been. I find it difficult to nail down one single aspect of our studies thus far and pick it as most ³significant´. To me, all of the theories are linked and their importance/significance is mutually dependent on one another. However, for me, Douglas McGregor¶s Theory X and Theory Y were the theories that explained why a different approach to management is necessary. It¶s no secret that early classical management styles discounted the needs of the worker. The focus was simply on production. However, when production started to decline, management sought to find out why and rectify the situation. Not for the sake of the worker, but for the sake of production and organizational survival. While Maslow¶s hierarchy of needs gave a framework for management to go by, there were still managers in the workplace who operated in a manner that refused to acknowledge the importance of satisfying the human needs of the workers. Douglas McGregor¶s Theory X and Theory Y not only expanded on Maslow¶s ideas, but McGregor attacked the classical management philosophy and showcased classical managers in a pejorative light. Additionally, McGregor¶s Theory Y provided a prescription to organizations to begin to retrain their classical managers into people that value the needs of their workers and understand the link to productivity. Furthermore, while classical managers held the

Bonus Paper 2 assumption that workers must do only what they are told, Theory Y managers would attempt to provide opportunities for the worker to seek out responsibility on their own. All in all, I found that all of our studies thus far have been eye opening. Becoming a scholar in the communications field is a passion of mine. In order for me succeed in my passion, it is vital that I understanding the dynamic nature and relative infancy of the communication studies field. Communications is a young discipline compared to other fields of study (e.g. psychology, science, arithmetic etc.). It¶s going to be interesting in 20 years to look back on how managers today are viewed by tomorrow¶s scholars. I am excited to dive into the critical theorists and explore their contributions to my passion.

Bonus Paper 3 References Eisenberg, E.M., Goodall, H.L., Jr., & Trethewey, A. (2010). Organizational communication: Balancing creativity and constraint (6th Edition). Boston: Bedford/St. Martin¶s.

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