As for the immaturity/maturity continuum, the Chris Argyris theory states that successful employee empowerment requires management to. Argyris’s Immaturity-Maturity Theory. Immaturity Maturity. Passive Increased activity. Dependence Independence. Behave in few ways Behave in many ways. Chris Argyris’s ‘Maturity-Immaturity’ theory. Argyris studied the needs of people and the needs of organization. He felt that classical models of.

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Argyris Maturity Theory, presented by Chris Argyris in Personality and Organization, is one of the many theories that seek to explain the human nature and behavior. These changes are only general tendencies, but they do give some light on the matter of maturity.

This change in regards to growing older, may also relate to the fact that we are exposed to more situations and have more experiences. Even within the organizational setting?

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Argyris Maturity Theory – Models of Maturity

In this case, proactivity to start a new project or to go beyond what is asked of you is a good indicator of maturity. The seventh change is: When looking at maturity in all kinds of settings this point is quite debatable since there are many authors that argue that being able to focus on the present is something that makes a person mature.

Looking at the concept of immatuity through this scope can be useful as it makes clear distinctions between what are key aspects of being mature and of being immature.

In this case, the purpose of the theory is to explore maturity in regards to organizational environments. However, since this theory focuses on the workplace, I think this aspect of maturity in this context chriis to things such as being able to have more perspectives on different problems, thinking ahead and learning from past mistakes. Retrieved November 23,from http: This site uses cookies. You are commenting using your Twitter account.


A mature person is characterised for being active, independent, self-confident and self-controlled. His solution to the problem is to expand job responsibilities; allow more task variety and adjust supervisory styles to allow more participation and promote better human relations.

A Maturity Theory for the Workplace

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. The first of the seven changes that is meant to take place in this transition to a more mature employee is: The second change is: In this case, independence is not mutually exclusive with teamwork. However, this point refers to how companies should strive for the relationship between two individuals in the workplace to be seen as either equal or somewhat superior but always with mutual respect.

The seven changes are:. Agryis believed that managers who treat people positively, and are responsible adults, will achieve the highest productivity. You are commenting using your WordPress.

He thought that common problems of employee avoiding work, lack of interest, alienation and low morale may be signs of mismatch between management practice and mature adult personality.

As we become more mature, it could be argued that we also become more flexible and adaptable. I think that this point is more straightforward, since most would agree that more self-awareness and self-control are indicators of maturity. Moreover, the fact that maturity and immaturity are seen as a continuum makes it a more realistic theory. Notify me of new comments via email. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Email required Address never made public.


Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: For example, the difference can be seen between children who may have more materialistic interests such as toys and adults who may have more meaningful interests such as making the world a better place. Also another important limitation is that the theory is based on the development of healthy child, and does not take into account those with disabilities and their development.

Is it even possible to achieve this? Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here The third change is: Throughout time there have been many psychological theories that have touched upon aspects of maturity.

A Maturity Theory for the Workplace – Models of Maturity

You are commenting using your Facebook account. In the workplace, this flexibility translates into being able to do your job well but also being able to amturity out when anything different from what you are meant to be doing is needed or required. What this means is that rather than simply doing what they are told to do and nothing else, when people start becoming more active they take more initiatives for themselves. The sixth change is: However, it is rare to find a theory that has maturity as its main focus.

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