The ongoing legacy of R.L. Katz

Tim O. Peterson (Department of Management, Oklahoma State University, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA)
David D. Van Fleet (School of Management, Arizona State University West, Phoenix, Arizona, USA)

Management Decision

ISSN: 0025-1747

Publication date: 1 December 2004


Robert L. Katz first called attention to the problem of identifying those skills necessary for successful performance in managerial roles. This paper identifies the impact of Katz's classic 1955 work on managerial skills and notes the continuing legacy of his work. Modifications and additions appearing in the management literature, particularly introductory or principles textbooks, are noted with a suggested expansion of Katz's work that would subsume the dominant ones of those. The importance of managerial skills to the carrying out of managerial functions is also discussed.



Peterson, T. and Van Fleet, D. (2004), "The ongoing legacy of R.L. Katz", Management Decision, Vol. 42 No. 10, pp. 1297-1308.

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