Guest, David
August 2007
People Management;8/23/2007, Vol. 13 Issue 17, p40
The article discusses the contributions of the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations to the functions of business organizations and to the quality of working life in Great Britain. It discusses the work of Eric Trist and Fred Emery who developed the view that organizations should be considered as socio-technical systems. Work-life balance is reflected in the activities of the institute where its early studies of job redesign in coal mines provided the stimulus for research in Scandinavia.


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