… of researchers. These were collectively known as the Hawthorne Studies and gave rise to the Hawthorne Effect, it is this study and how it is applicable to management theory and practice that this paper will discuss.
The Hawthorn studies looked at a group of workers who were placed in marginally improved working condition, this group of people demonstrated an increase in productivity (Baron, 1987). This starts to …
… term, improve work rates but that the strongest overriding factor was the different group dynamics and social interactions between the two groups (Carey, 1967).
In looking at the Hawthorne Effect, this is the term given to the increase in output by workers who believe they are part of a workshop study. It began with Mayo and his male colleagues taking the predominately female working group and allowing …
… Alex, (1967, June 3) The Hawthorne Studies: A Radical Criticism’ American Sociological Review, 32,
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