Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Oregon Productivity Center Records, 1971-1988

Scope and Content Note

The records of the Oregon Productivity Center are organized into 6 series. Series I consists of correspondence on the EDA (Economic Development Administration) University Center Program, productivity workshops sponsored by the Center, and Oregon small business development. Series II contains grant proposals submitted to EDA, the Oregon Economic Action Council, the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, and other governmental agencies for funding of specific research projects and of the administrative operations of the Center. Included with the proposals are budgetary materials, correspondence, informational materials, articles, and reports.

Series III consists of manuals and reports from the EDA regarding procedural guidelines and requirements for the administration of University Center Programs. Series IV contains reports on the overall University Center Program, an assessment of the Oregon Productivity Center, and annual/semi-annual reports and work plans of the Center. Series V consists primarily of publications printed for sale and/or distribution by the Center which relate to the Center's work in business management and the Productivity By the Objectives Matrix (OMX) technique developed there. Series VI is a scrapbook containing correspondence and newspaper clippings dating from 1980 to 1984 and pertaining to the Oregon Productivity Center, its staff, and Oregon's economic climate.

An addition to the Oregon Productivity Center Records (Accession 2008:069) consists of materials generated by the Oregon Productivity and Technology Center (OPTC) and includes correspondence, handbooks, reports, technology transfer programs, videotapes, and a thesis. These records primarily pertain to productivity measurement tools developed by the center such as Objectives by the Matrix, NELPIC, and PROD-5m. The transfer programs include software disks. Administrative detail about OPTC is documented throughout the reports and correspondence in this accession and includes information about the center's grant funding, the formation of spin-off businesses, and the administrative transfer of the center from the College of Engineering to the College of Business. The ten videotapes are recordings of presentations made by OPTC Director James Riggs that include case studies in productivity management. The thesis is a study of the development and implementation of the PROD-5m managerial productivity diagnostic tool developed at the center.


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