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BUS610 Organizational Behavior ? Past and Present




Organizational Behavior: Past and Present;The Human Relations Movement. The Hawthorne study was a Harvard University research on human behavior carried out at the Hawthorne Works of Western Electric Company in Chicago between 1924 and 1927. The research was headed by Elton Mayo, his research findings gives credibility to organizational development in terms of human relations and motivation theory. Mayo purpose of the investigation was to explore the relationship between changes in physical working conditions and employee productivity. Specifically, Mayo was interested in the effect of different intensities of light on employee output. In one experiment, ample light was provided to a group of six female workers. Later, the amount of light was significantly reduced, but instead of productivity decreasing, as was expected, it actually increased. (;Mayo research has become known as the Hawthorne effect- his discovery has become important in the human relations movement because the interpreted given means


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