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Experiments in Work System Design: Economic and Human Results. Part II.

James C. Taylor (Research Fellow Center for Quality of Working Life, Institute of Industrial Relations, University of California, Los Angeles)

Personnel Review

ISSN: 0048-3486

Article publication date: 1 April 1977



In this, the second part of a two‐part paper (Part I, Personnel Review, Summer 1977, pp 21–34) a survey of instances of work system design (WSD) experiments will be continued. As described in the Introduction to Part I, cases chosen for inclusion report the economic and human results of actual physical or structural innovations in a set or series of human tasks which, taken together, form some meaningful technical whole. The term ‘experiment’ is used in both Part I and II to refer loosely to change or manipulation of actual work activities, and not necessarily to well controlled laboratory experiments. In fact, most cases reported here are ‘natural’ and very few are carefully controlled.


Taylor, J.C. (1977), "Experiments in Work System Design: Economic and Human Results. Part II.", Personnel Review, Vol. 6 No. 4, pp. 21-42.




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