The Hawthorne Effect


At Scientific American , Hilda Bastian looks behind the story

EBM: The Hawthorne Studies


The Hawthorne Studies were conducted from 1927 to 1932 at the Hawthorne Works plant outside of Chicago. Instead, he found the “Hawthorne Effect.”. In essence, the Hawthorne Effect, as it applies to the workplace, argues that “Employees are more productive because the employees know they are being studied.” The Hawthorne studies found that the workplace was a social system. Leadership evidence-based management hawthorne mayo

Orrin Woodward Leadership Team :: Lead People & Manage Numbers

Orrin Woodward

Meaning, you cannot measure leadership directly, but you can certainly measure the effects of leadership in the results of a group the leader is leading. Measuring results reminds me of the Hawthorne Studies.

The Power of Interest and Attention - Your Mega Watt Tool for Success

Management Craft

I am doing some research into the Hawthorne studies (Western Electric Company, 1929-1932, studies so named because the research took place at the plant in Hawthorne, just outside Chicago) and came across this great quote. As you might recall, the Hawthorne studies helped us understand the connections between workplace relationships, morale, and productivity. Note: You may have heard of the term, "The Hawthorne Effect."

Virgin Atlantic Tested 3 Ways to Change Employee Behavior

Harvard Business Review

This is consistent with a well-documented social science phenomenon called the Hawthorne effect, whereby people change their behavior as a result of knowing they are being observed.