Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Time allocation: A measurement tool of productivity in the workplace
by Olsen, Trevor Emery, M.S., San Jose State University, 2010, 61; 1482574
Abstract (Summary)

What is productivity? The degree of productivity at work is one of the primary measures of success or personal achievement. Productivity is also often thought of as a resource allocation process through which energy is allocated across actions or tasks to maximize need satisfaction. Out of this discussion of productivity is born the idea that we can assess productivity through the use of time allocation measurement.

The present study seeks to create a unique time allocation measurement tool to assess the overall time distribution across a set of comprehensive work task categories as well as collect data related to the perceived criticality of specific work tasks. Furthermore, additional analysis regarding the total number of hours worked per week and the total number of years of work experience are also considered. After discussing the implications of the time allocation distribution results, the findings are then connected back to the concept of overall productivity assessment, and a determination is made regarding the effectiveness of utilizing a time allocation measurement tool as a valid measure of productivity.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Tokunaga, Howard
Commitee: Beatty, Shawn, Hosoda, Megumi
School: San Jose State University
Department: Psychology-Industrial/Organizational
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Occupational psychology, Quantitative psychology, Organization Theory
Keywords: Assessment, Measurement, Productivity, Task inventory, Time allocation, Workplace
Publication Number: 1482574
ISBN: 978-1-124-27313-6
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