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Publication Date

Summer 2010

Degree Type

Thesis - Campus Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




Howard Tokunaga


assessment, measurement, productivity, task inventory, time allocation, workplace

Subject Areas

Occupational Psychology; Organization Theory; Quantitative Psychology


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.