The people factor, the Hawthorne studies for today"s managers
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Published by Marlin Motion Pictures in Mississauga, Ont .
Written in English


  • Industrial relations.

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The story of a breakthrough in employee-management studies, the Hawthorne Studies, using original footage from the 1920"s.

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StatementSalenger Films.
ContributionsSalenger Educational Media (Firm)
The Physical Object
Pagination1 videocassette (11 min.)
Number of Pages11
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL18612831M

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Human relations theory (HRT) is normally thought of as having its roots in the Hawthorne Studies conducted in the s and s at the Hawthorne works of the Western Electric Company, near Chicago in the United States. These studies have now taken on an almost mythological status within the study of organization, so that the details of what hap-File Size: 98KB. It took Elton Mayo some time to work through the results of his Hawthorne Experiments, particularly the seemingly illogical results of the Relay Assembly room experiments. His main conclusion was that the prevaling view of the time, that people went to work purely for money and a living, was deeply flawed. The Hawthorne effect (also referred to as the observer effect) is a type of reactivity in which individuals modify an aspect of their behavior in response to their awareness of being observed. This can undermine the integrity of research, particularly the relationships between variables. The original research at the Hawthorne Works for telephone equipment in Cicero, Illinois, on lighting.   The Hawthorne studies were a series of investigations conducted by Elton Mayo and Fritz Roethlisberger were a part of a refocus on managerial strategy with emphasis on the socio-psychological aspects of human behaviour in organizations. These studies were conducted in the s at the Hawthorne plant of the Western Electric Company.

  The Hawthorne Studies were developed as a human relations movement in organizational management to identify strengths and competencies in workers and to better manage, measure, develop, and improve worker capabilities (Baack, ). The primary focus of the Hawthorne Study was centered on an individual in the work place, not the individual’s rate of productivity, like that . An Introduction to Organizational Behavior CHAPTER 2 Managing People and Organizations CHAPTER 3 Motivation the Hawthorne studies, and the human relations movement. (Taylor believed that money was the only significant motivational factor in the. 4. Start studying Management Ch 2 part 4 Hawthorne Studies/ Human Relations Thrust cont.. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. The Hawthorne Studies and the larger human relations movement showed that data-driven research can guide managerial actions. -- Results also showed that employee performance can be improved by attending to individual needs, supportive supervision, and group dynamics.

The Hawthorne studies have been described as the most important social science experiment ever conducted in an industrial setting, yet the studies were not without their critics. It started on a good basis by trying to define the influence of the social, physical and psychological environment on . Roethlisberger described “the Hawthorne effect” as the phenomenon in which subjects in behavioral studies change their performance in response to being observed. Many critics have reexamined the studies from methodological and ideological perspectives; others find the overarching questions and theories of the time have new relevance in. The Hawthorne Studies. The Hawthorne studies were conducted at Western Electric's large plant outside Chicago. The research outcomes are reported in Roethlisberger and Dickson. I would also recommend Jeffrey Sonnenfeld's detailed analysis of the studies and their influence, as well as the online resources at the Harvard Business School. The Hawthorne Studies: It’s the most important contribution to OB studies; it’s a series of studies that was conducted in Western Electric Company Works in Illinois US. It started out as a scientific management experiment wanted to experiment the of various lighting levels on worker productivity.