Handbook of Research on Management and Organizational History
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Handbook of Research on Management and Organizational History

Edited by Kyle Bruce

Emerging from what was a somewhat staid sub-discipline, there is currently a battle for the soul of Management and Organizational History (MOH), at the centre of which is a widespread concern that much recent work has been more about how one should or might do history rather than actually doing historical work. If ever there was a time for a new volume on MOH, this is certainly it.
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Chapter 4: Contested paths: a meta-analytic review of the Hawthorne studies literature

Jeff Muldoon and Yaron Zoller


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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