Accession Number : AD0654910

Title :   ROLE THEORY CLASSIFICATION FOR THE WORKER'S JUDGMENT.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : MISSOURI UNIV COLUMBIA CENTER FOR RESEARCH IN SOCIAL BEHAVIOR

Personal Author(s) : Trahair,Richard C. S.

Report Date : JUL 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 42

Abstract : The worker's judgement of his situation is worth study because it is an effective cause of his action at work. Lists of what people like and dislike about work have little theoretical unity. Role theory seems appropriate for the analysis of work situations; however, terms of this theory are not clear and precise enough. A mathematical model of role theory from Oeser and Harary (1962) does offer a set of clear basic terms. They suggest that tasks (activities) positions (organizational networks) and persons are suitable elements for an analysis of the work situation. In this paper a classification scheme is presented, based on these elements as referents for common experience at work. The construction of the classification scheme shows that the stark structure of a mathematical model for structural theory can be connected with the important specific realities of work. The next problem is to see if the categories of the classification scheme can be used as variables in a theory of the dynamics of work motivation. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*INDUSTRIAL PSYCHOLOGY, ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY)), MOTIVATION, JOB ANALYSIS, CLASSIFICATION, SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, BEHAVIOR, GROUP DYNAMICS, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), MATHEMATICAL MODELS

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE