Rensis Likert


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Rensis Likert
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BirthplaceCheyenne, Wyoming
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NationalityAmerican
Known for Likert Scale, Likert’s Management Systems, Linking pin model

Likert, Rensis

(1903–81) psychologist, management theorist; born in Cheyenne, Wyo. At the University of Michigan (1946–70) he was founding director of the Institute for Social Research (1949–70). He worked on large organizations and theories of management. His major contributions included the development of a survey methodology that laid the groundwork for probability sampling, the "Likert scale" for measuring attitudes, and a theory of participatory management.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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Research by Rensis Likert in the 1960s defined four leadership systems: exploitative authoritative, benevolent authoritative, consultative, and participative.
Dave Ulrich is the Rensis Likert Professor at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan and a partner at The RBL Group, a consulting firm focused on helping organizations and leaders deliver value.
I remember reading Rensis Likert's first article, getting interested in, and using the Likert five-point scale for measuring attitude.
Rensis Likert changed the way attitudinal research was conducted with the creation of the "Likert scale." Although his original intention was not the creation of a new scale, the development of this scale earmarked a shift in how attitudinal research was performed, primarily because of the ease with which a Likert scale can be created and utilized.
Rensis Likert created the attitude scale (still called the Likert scale) which asks respondents to describe their opinions along a continuum of likes and dislikes.
They include Theory X; Theory Y; Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs; Herzberg's Hygiene Theory; the theories of Chris Argyris, Rensis Likert, and Fred Luthans; and others.