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Elton Mayo, an Enthusiastical Managerial Philosopher


  • Gh. Gh. IONESCU

    () (The West University, Timiºoara, Romania)

  • Adina Letiþia NEGRUªA

    () (The “Babeº – Bolay” University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)


Mayo’s ideal was a society (in the plant and in the world at large) in which there was an absence of conflict and a feeling of security – both mental and economic – among its members and he felt that the mental security, at least, had been achieved in an earlier day when every one knew his place. While he realized that any return to the exact practices of the past was both impossible and undesirable, he thought that the spirit of belonging formarly enjoied could be recreated if managers would aquire and exercise the proper social skills. Our paper is dedicated to his philosophical ideas which serve to „light the way” for human relations research that was to follow. In addition must to say that in 2014 will be 65 years from his demise, and of course his researches still are active in our management practices.

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  • Gh. Gh. IONESCU & Adina Letiþia NEGRUªA, 2013. "Elton Mayo, an Enthusiastical Managerial Philosopher," REVISTA DE MANAGEMENT COMPARAT INTERNATIONAL/REVIEW OF INTERNATIONAL COMPARATIVE MANAGEMENT, Faculty of Management, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 14(5), pages 671-688, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:rom:rmcimn:v:14:y:2013:i:5:p:671-688

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    test illumination; human situation; group; psychology; Hawthorne Plant; interviewing program; Industrial Psychology.;

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    • L21 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Business Objectives of the Firm
    • L23 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Organization of Production
    • L25 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Performance


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