Division of Labor
Book chapter, 2015

This article describes how dividing a large repetitive task into smaller parts and allocating each to a single person can made tasks simpler, easier to learn, and enabled them to be more quickly carried out. But there are also drawbacks including monotony of work, possible physical injury from task repetition, low flexibility and poor robustness.

division of labor

standardization

task repetition

Author

David Bennett

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Supply and Operations Management

Wiley Encyclopedia of Management, Volume 10, Operations Management, 3rd Edition

Subject Categories

Other Engineering and Technologies

Business Administration

Areas of Advance

Production

DOI

10.1002/9781118785317.weom100051

ISBN

978-1-119-97251-8

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Latest update

12/13/2018