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Hawthorn Experiment


I heard a model some years ago called the Hawthorn Experiment and I'm struggling to remember it all and the moral behind it.
Does anyone know of it? I know it was to do with lowering the lighting for staff and then increasing it and productivity was still the same.....

Can anyone help?

Lisa Birch

3 Responses

  1. Hawthorne & Evaluation
    I’ve always believed the moral of the Hawthorne Effect to point out that the results of an evaluation may be skewed by the fact that the person, knowing they are being evaluated, pulls out all the stops and therefore may demonstrate latent skills unrelated to the training just experienced, or perform at a higher level than under normal circumstances.

    It’s interesting that the suggested article states that this is not really the Hawthorne Effect, although many of us will only know of it through this context. Still, it reminds us that – if we needed reminding – the art of evaluation is not a precise science and can be influenced by many factors, including the process itself.


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