Making sense of social research: How useful is the Hawthorne Effect?

Chiesa, M. and Hobbs, S. (2008) Making sense of social research: How useful is the Hawthorne Effect? European Journal of Social Psychology, 38 (1). pp. 67-74. ISSN 0046-2772. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

'The Hawthorne Effect' is a phrase frequently employed in textbooks and other academic discourse. It appears to have been coined over 50 years ago and alludes to the outcome of research undertaken two decades earlier This paper seeks to elucidate how the term 'Hawthorne Effect' has come to be used. A variety of texts will be presented to demonstrate the many different and often contradictory meanings ascribed to the term. A consideration of Guerin's review of research in social facilitation suggests the complexity of issues that seem to be involved in the use of the term 'Hawthorne Effect' is such that greater precision is required. Ultimately, we conclude, the term has no useful role in the discussion of research findings.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: Chiesa, Mecca Hobbs, Sandy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Suzanne Duffy
Date Deposited: 17 May 2010 09:06
Last Modified: 17 May 2010 09:06
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/14991 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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