Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Business Administration


Business Administration

First Advisor

Dr. Gene S. Booker

Second Advisor

Dr. Fred V. Hartenstein

Third Advisor

Dr. Arnold Schneider

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access



The purpose of this investigation is to show to what extent the selection of supervisors is still based on subjective opinion, and to what extent objective devices have been developed and have gained acceptance.

The collection of relevant data for this survey involves a search of the published literature in the field. In this work the terms first-line supervisor, foreman, and supervisor will be used interchangeably.

The writer's interest in the area of supervisory selection was aroused after reading several articles on the problem of selecting factory supervisors of the highest caliber as industry now realizes that the supervisory group, more than any other single group in industry, controls the key to greater productivity.1

This survey will. be limited to manufacturing industries in the United States.