WHAT THE FACTORY WORKER KNOWS ABOUT HIS FACTORY,
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
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An attempt was made to measure the variability in the knowledge that workers have about their factory. The original purpose of the study was to learn more about the confidence that could be attached to information about one countrys economy that often reaches another nations hands. Refugees, for example, often bring with them scraps of information about their former situation, and clues to the reliability of such data are important. But the results of the study may be pertinent in many other connections. Businessmen may be interested in knowing whether or not employees ordinarily have accurate information about their company. They may wish to know whether or not reliable data can be obtained from a small sample of a firms employees. The results may also be pertinent to the businessmans interpretation of any kind of poll or survey that seeks factual information as contrasted with attitude surveys. Finally, since it is sometimes necessary to form opinions and make decisions on the basis of the testimony of a few witnesses, the reports of a few observers, or the estimates of a few participants, recognition of the variability of any estimate, however derived, may be extremely important in decision-making.