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Guest, Robert H., 1916-2005



  • Existence: 1916 - 2005

Robert H. Guest was born on may 3, 1916, in East Orange, New Jersey. He received his B.A. from Amherst College in 1939, and his M.A. from Columbia University in 1941. His field of interest, human and labor relations, led him to serve in such positions as senior field examiner for the National Labor Relations Board, research assistant for the Labor and Management Center at Yale University, and as a member and Associate Director of the Yale Technology Project. In 1960, after receiving his Ph.D. from Columbia University, Guest became Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College, a position he held until his retirement in 1981.

While at Yale, Guest published two studies of the effects of automation on workers, "The Man on the Assembly Line" (1952), and "The Foreman on the Assembly Line" (1952), establishing a reputation as an expert in the fields of automation and human relations. In 1973, he obtained a grant from the Ford Foundation to tour assembly plants in fourteen countries for a year in order to study the problem of worker alienation within the auto industry.Guest died on Sept. 27, 2005

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Robert Guest papers

Identifier: ML-42
Overview Robert H. Guest (1916-2005), professor of business management. The collection consists of reports, pamphlets, interviews, statistics, and a small body of correspondence relating to his career in the field of labor relations, with special reference to employee satisfaction in the automobile industry and other assembly line industries.