Session 3 2010 (Individual Behavior With Personality and Emotions)

Session 3 2010 (Individual Behavior With Personality and Emotions)

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Personality and Values Organizational Behavior Dr. Kristen Bell DeTienne
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2 What’s the Plan for Today (Agenda) Analyze the Hawthorne Studies Define Values Play the Generation Game Define Personality Do a Personality Activity Discuss Emotions
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3 Early Organizations (1900-1925) Assembly lines became common practice at the turn of the century Organizational practitioners and researchers learned that there were better ways to do many jobs, and began to focus on how to improve organizational productivity (e.g., time and motion studies)
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4 Beware of Assembly Lines Other factors impacting performance
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5 The Hawthorne Studies* A series of studies involving employees were performed at the Western Electric plant in Hawthorne, Illinois in hopes to boost productivity. These studies are the forerunners to research that involves human behavior in the work environment. There were four major studies involved: The Illumination Experiments (1924-1927) The Interviewing Program (1928-1930) The Bank Wiring Observation Room (1931-1932) The Assembly Test Room Experiment (1927-1932) *Gautschi, T. F. “Hawthorne Studies: A Workplace Classic,” Design News. Boston: Oct 23, 1989, 45 (Issue 20), p. 180; Greenwood, R. G. and Wrege, R. D. “The Hawthorne Studies,” Academy of Management Proceedings , 1986 Supplement, pp. 24-35.
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The Illumination Experiment The researchers believed that if the intensity of the lighting in the rooms were adjusted it would impact productivity. However, as they adjusted lighting both up and down there was still an increase. It showed that there were human
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