Frederick I. Herzberg, 76, a former University of Utah professor of managment who was internationally known for his theories on job enrichment, died Jan. 18, 2000, at University Hospital.
The educator and consultant to corporations and governments around the world had been ill for several years.He was born in Massachusetts to immigrant Jewish parents. He obtained a bachelor's degree at City College of New York and master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. Before coming in 1972 to the University of Utah, where he held the title of Distinguished Professor of Management in the College of Business, Mr. Herzberg held a similar post at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. There he established and headed the Department of Industrial Mental Health.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he was a consultant worldwide to corporations and governments, from the United States to the then Soviet Union and from Israel to Japan. Colleagues said he sought to replace the drudgery and tedium of the workplace with a sense of self-esteem, participation and pride of the worker in himself and what he was doing. He became known as the "Father of Job Enrichment" and the "Motivation-Hygiene Theory."
Chief executive officers, statesmen, assembly-line workers, soldiers and scientists are among those who benefited from his work, said a son, Mark Herzberg. At Hill Air Force Base, Mr. Herzberg introduced the concept of workers operating as teams to perform maintenance on F-16 fighter aircraft.
Mr. Herzberg was honored in 1994 with a Distinguished Service Award at the U. from what is now the David Eccles School of Business. As a patrol sergeant during World War II, he was among the first liberators to enter the Dachau concentration camp. His decorations included the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.
Funeral services and burial will be Sunday, Jan. 23, in Norfolk, Va. Memorial services in Salt Lake City will be announced later.