Does IT align with Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs”?

In a recent blog post, Dwayne Melancon, CTO of TripWire explored the notion of aligning the value provided by IT with  the well known psychologic theory, “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs”.  In Maslow’s paradigm he postulates that, as humans, we  must cover the basics (breathing, food, water, procreation, sleep, critical bodily functions, etc.) before we can move to some of the more discretionary needs, like creativity, love and belonging, etc.

Melancon, in turn, asks the question, “What is the Maslow’s hierarchy of needs for business?”  For some, the ‘must haves’ are things like revenue, profit, business availability, etc; while the discretionary things may be giving back to the community, employee satisfaction, company parties, etc.  

It would be interesting to figure out what the ‘hierarchy of needs’ is for various businesses, to ensure that they are taking care of the most important things first.  Melancon created a rough example of a pyramid to illustrate an idea of what he is thinking:

Maslow Business

Each business’ pyramid may look different, have more layers, etc.  but clearly there is a “bottom layer of the pyramid” that must be protected above all else.

 

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