chapter  13
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Mayo’s Hawthorne Study

Byby Fiona Robertson

In 1924, Elton Mayo of Harvard undertook a study of Chicago’s Western Electric Hawthorne Plant1 in an attempt to find out how lighting affected the company’s workers and their performance. The focus of his study was whether electric light would keep workers awake, thereby boosting their output, or whether the artificial lighting actually made them more tired.