Work Study

  • Gordon Mair
Part of the Macmillan Master Series book series


Although modern manufacturing systems are not as labour intensive as they were some years ago, the efficient use of the human resources of energy, skill, and intelligence remains very important. This applies not only to manufacturing but to all other industries where labour is employed. The techniques used to ensure efficiency and measure human work are the subject of this chapter. They are generally considered under the term ‘Work Study’; this is a rational discipline in that the techniques ensure a systematic investigation of any situation examined. The two main components of Work Study are Method Study and Work Measurement.


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Further Reading

  1. 1.
    ‘Productivity Measurement and Improvement’ by Lawrence S. Aft. Published by Prentice-Hall Inc., 1992.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    ‘Introduction to Work Study’ Published by the International Labour Office (ILO), 1979.Google Scholar
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    ‘Work Study’ by R.M. Currie. Published by Pitman Publishing Corporation, 1967.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    ‘Productivity and Quality Improvement’ by J.A. Edosomwan. Published by IFS Publications, 1988.Google Scholar
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    ‘How to Improve Human Performance’ by Thomas K. Connellan. Published by Harper and Row, 1978.Google Scholar
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    ‘Reinventing the Factor’ by Roy L. Harmone and L.D. Peterson. Published by Free Press Publishing, 1990.Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    ‘Handbook of Industrial Engineering’. Edited by G. Salvendy. 2nd Edition. Published by Wiley, 1992.Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    ‘Work Study’ (monthly journal) Published by Sawell Publications.Google Scholar

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© Gordon Mair 1993

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