Introduction and Overview

  • Paul Whitney
  • Robert B. Ochsman


Prognostication will always be a tricky business. Yet, for the foreseeable future, issues of American productivity and competitiveness are likely to be dominant themes in our news, our elections, and our boardrooms. It would be a mistake, however, to assume that concerns about productivity are just trendy topics. Many of the issues are not new. Obviously, business managers have a long history of interest in the factors that lead to higher productivity. Social scientists, too, have a longstanding interest in productivity, especially if we consider it in comprehensive, human terms. As Norbert Weiner (1950) explained, It is simpler to organize a factory or a galley which uses human beings for a fraction of their worth than it is to provide a world in which they can grow to their full stature (p. 16).


White Collar White Collar Worker Blue Collar American Productivity Employee Assistance Program 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Whitney
    • 1
  • Robert B. Ochsman
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyWashington State UniversityPullmanUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Arkansas at Little RockLittle RockUSA

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