ROETHLISBERGER & DICKSON BANK WIRING ROOM
DESCRIPTION Six 14x14 matrices
RDGAM symmetric, binary
RDCON symmetric, binary
RDPOS symmetric, binary
RDNEG symmetric, binary
RDHLP non-symmetric, binary
RDJOB non-symmetric, valued.
BACKGROUND These are the observational data on 14 Western Electric (Hawthorne Plant) employees from the bank wiring room first presented in Roethlisberger & Dickson (1939). The data are better known through a scrutiny made of the interactions in Homans (1950), and the CONCOR analysis presented in Breiger et al (1975).
The employees worked in a single room and include two inspectors (I1 and I3), three solderers (S1, S2 and S3), and nine wiremen or assemblers (W1 to W9). The interaction categories include: RDGAM, participation in horseplay; RDCON, participation in arguments about open windows; RDPOS, friendship; RDNEG, antagonistic (negative) behavior; RDHLP, helping others with work; and RDJOB, the number of times workers traded job assignments.
REFERENCES Breiger R., Boorman S. and Arabie P. (1975). An algorithm for clustering relational data with applications to social network analysis and comparison with multidimensional scaling. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 12, 328-383.
Homans G. (1950). The human group. New York: Harcourt-Brace.
Roethlisberger F. and Dickson W. (1939). Management and the worker. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.