The author suggests that job descriptions generally lack the reality of operating terms and ignore two important characteristics of industrial jobs—interdependence and the definition of discretion in performing the assigned task. To incorporate the missing essentials in the analysis of roles, the author helped develop a method termed Role Analysis Technique (RAT). A job in its dynamic form is seen as comprising its rationale, its prescribed and discretionary content, and mutual expectations with other roles in the role space. An illustration of the technique is provided.
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