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#1 - The Hawthorne Fable

Updated: May 24

In this episode, we discuss the so-called "Hawthorne Studies," a series of studies in 1920s Chicago to examine possible relationships between environmental conditions (e.g., lighting) and labor productivity. Business schools often teach that the Hawthorne Studies' greatest achievement was revealing a relationship between workers' sense of being supervised and increased output. But this may not be the whole story. We analyze one of the Hawthorne Studies (where subjects were tasked to assemble telephone relays) from Foucaultian, stakeholder theory, and personal anecdotal standpoints. We also attempt a critique of Foucault. This is our first episode. Go easy on us.

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