HUMAN FACTORS AS THEY AFFECT METHODS IMPROVEMENT IN CONSTRUCTION.
STANFORD UNIV CALIF DEPT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING
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The report discusses the problems of implementing methods improvement studies, i.e. introducing new methods, into an industry that has been characterized for years by individual independence. A comprehensive historical discussion of the development of scientific management an engineering approach to work methods in the manufacturing industry shows the failures and successes that have characterized the first half of the twentieth century. The recent findings of the behavioral scientists principally from industrial psychology are reported and discussed as to their application to personnel management for construction. The author contends that a better understanding of the psychological needs of employees can markedly improve the success of methods improvement applications. The report and its extensive bibliography are designed to give managers an insight into the recent, pertinent behavioral science findings. Author
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems