Hawthorne effect definition by Webster's New World
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improvement in performance, as by workers or students, resulting from mere awareness that experimental attempts are being made to bring about improvement
Origin: after the Hawthorne Works of the Western Electric Co. in Cicero, Ill., where studies of worker performance were made in 1927
hawthorne effect - Business Definition
The theory that employees will perform at a higher level when they are consulted and are aware of being observed by their supervisors.