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Application of Standardized Motions in Temporal Analysis of Work Activity

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Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing & Service Industries

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This article focuses on the time study of behavioral components of work activity. The method time measurement (MTM‐1) system is a powerful tool for analyzing behavioral components of activity. However, the MTM‐1 system's rules for the selection of basic elements for tasks’ description are necessary but insufficient. Professionals can use the MTM‐1 system rules effectively only after analyzing strategies of a task performance and studying the logical organization of motor and cognitive actions. The results of this study demonstrate that the MTM‐1 system can be used for analyzing behavioral components of activity only after analyzing real strategies of task performance.