Accession Number:

AD0603164

Title:

SUPERVISORY JOB DESIGN,

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CALIFORNIA UNIV BERKELEY INST OF ENGINEERING RESEARCH

Report Date:

1964-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

468.0

Abstract:

Two job-design treatments changing the duties, responsibilities, and authority of first line supervisors and, by delegation, of workers were introduced in an industrial plant. In the first state, each supervisor was responsible for only a segment of all product completion tasks. In the second state, the supervisor was made responsible for all production functions but not product acceptance authority for the latter was added in the third state. These job changes were designed to test the following primary hypothesis Higher economic productivity lower total cost and greater need satisfaction for the members of a work group, including the supervisor, will result from specifying the job content of the supervisor in the direction of increasing his authority and responsibility by including supervision over all the functions required to complete the product or service assigned to his work group. A general response mechanism model proposed that causal variables sensitive to the organization will effect end-result variables with time slippage through mediating sequential changes in perceptions, attitudes, and motivations by the job holder towards job and organization, resulting in changes in behavior towards others and the task. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE