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Chapter 4: Contested paths: a meta-analytic review of the Hawthorne studies literature
This chapter provides a literature review of the Hawthorne studies, one of the most debated and controversial topics in management history. It points to several different trends which are divided into several categories: general historical literature, competitors (and complements), context, the ‘Hawthorne effect’, criticisms, and defences of the Hawthorne studies. The chapter also provides information on the social and personal context of the studies by providing sources of biographical information. This literature review will be helpful to scholars in developing future research on the Hawthorne studies.
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