EBM: The Hawthorne Studies

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The Hawthorne Studies were conducted from 1927 to 1932 at the Hawthorne Works plant outside of Chicago. Mayo first examined the physical and environmental influences of the workplace and eventually moved into the psychological aspects and their impact on employee motivation as it applies to productivity. Instead, he found the “Hawthorne Effect.”. The Hawthorne studies found that the workplace was a social system.

Uber Shows How Not to Apply Behavioral Economics

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In a paper published in 2009 , Alex Haynes and colleagues examined the use and effectiveness of checklists in eight hospitals in eight cities in the Unites States. It’s a well-documented social-science finding called the Hawthorne effect.) Tailored information with targets and feedback was the most cost-effective intervention, improving fueling precision, in-flight efficiency measures, and efficient taxiing practices by 9% to 20%.

Virgin Atlantic Tested 3 Ways to Change Employee Behavior

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For many years, teams at Virgin Atlantic have been testing ways to motivate efficient decision-making in the cockpit. 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. Challenging captains to meet higher performance targets proved to be the most cost-effective intervention.