It was the course of practical work by the author in collaboration with members of the Glacier Metal Company during the fifties that it was discovered that what is experienced by individuals as level or weight or size of responsibility was connected uniquely with the discretion they are required to exercise in doing their work. It was furthermore discovered that this level of felt responsibility could be measured objectively and precisely by the maximum span of time during which individuals are targeted to exercise discretion on their own account.
Since this book was first published, its theory has been successfully tested in practical working situations. It is now established as a classic contribution to industrial relations with great relevance to management problems today.
First published 1956
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