Talk:Frederick Herzberg

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how about the critics of herzbergs theory? especially the way people attribute failure to external factors, while they attribute success to internal factors, in other words, themselves?

if you looked in Two factor theory, you would see criticisms of the theory. --Flangiel 12:19, 5 November 2006 (UTC)


Shouldn't this page be about Frederick Herzberg, not two factor theory? Herzberg was a person, not a theory. If you look at Einstein, you will only see the theory of general relativity discussed in terms of its history, not what the theory actually is. --Flangiel 09:55, 28 October 2006 (UTC)

Agreed, I have cut down the section about his most notable work and have made it easier to read. Senington (talk) 22:31, 18 November 2013 (UTC)

-- I think it is important to point out that Herzberg studied under Maslow at City College from whom he was significant influence in his work. Also, Herzberg's studies and work were greatly impacted by what he experienced during his service in the Army and liberating concentration camps at the end of the war. I do not have citations but do have a pretty good memory about these two points.Osteen23 (talk) 15:42, 21 March 2014 (UTC)

Factual fix[edit]

2011-10-27 - Article says he was born in Massachusetts. In box it says he was born in Wisconsin. Clearly one is incorrect. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bstnwhlr (talkcontribs) 13:25, 27 October 2011 (UTC)

Herzberg served at the University of Utah as his final position. According to the obituary in the New York Times he died at the hospital of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, not in one of the several Londons. See here: Edarrell (talk) 12:22, 12 December 2009 (UTC)


Herzberg's "two-factor" work is based on surveys he conducted of more than 9,000 workers, mostly in factories, while he was at Carnegie-Mellon. Interviews with workers were open question, and the factors were discovered in the analysis of the data gathered. Consequently, it would be gross error to attribute Herzberg's theory to his own "suffering." He was not one of his own interviewees, and had he been, his one questionnaire would have been outweighed by the other approximately 8,999 interviews.

We duplicated the survey at a large Fortune 500 company in the 1990s, with about 6,000 interview questionnaires,and found that the factors worked out very much as Herzberg had described them. The one difference we found was that in team-oriented work structures, "relationship with co-workers" was much more often rated a motivating factor. People like to be part of a team that accomplishes much, a winning team. I believe the methodology Herzberg used is adquately described in the Harvard Business Review article listed in references. Edarrell (talk) 04:01, 15 July 2010 (UTC)

There needs to be more citations about Herzberg's army career and of his personal life. Some of the sentences need to be re-written as they are not easy to read. Structure of the whole article is lacking. Senington (talk) 22:07, 15 November 2012 (UTC)Senington

I've fixed some of the structure, rewritten a massively plagiarised section and added the correct source Senington (talk) 22:35, 18 November 2013 (UTC)

Contradition - place of birth[edit]

This article states that Herzberg was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, but the metadata (see page source - not visible normally) states that he was born in Lynn, Wisconsin. Most sources that I have found via Google indicate that Massachusetts is correct, but some say Wisconsin. Perhaps an error on this page is perpetuating the error on other sites, or maybe it is correct. I don't know. Bazonka (talk) 09:50, 24 August 2013 (UTC)

I know this is an old post, but I've added an obituary from 2000 which supports the Lynn, Massachusetts birthplace. Well before Wikipedia formed, so not influenced by Wiki. Huntster (t @ c) 01:04, 21 February 2015 (UTC)