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1924–1932 The Hawthorne Studies, conducted by Elton Mayo, highlight the importance of groups in affecting the behavior of individuals at work.

1930s The Human Relations Movement is sparked by Mayo’s work. It proposes that worker satisfaction and productivity depend on careful management and consideration of groups.

1940s As a result of Abraham Maslow’s findings, and the earlier work of Mayo, businesses begin to recognize the value of teamwork.

21st century Workplace design moves from the solo workspaces and closed offices of the 20th century to open layouts that encourage collaborative working.

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