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Title:The division of labor and the market for organizations PDF Logo
Authors:Lindbeck, Assar
Snower, Dennis J.
Issue Date:2000
Series/Report no.:CESifo Working papers 267
Abstract:The paper examines of the division of labor within firms. It provides an explanation of the pervasive observed changes in work organisation away from the traditional functional departments and towards multi-tasking and job rotation. Whereas the exsisting literature on the division of labour within firm emphasizes the returns from specialisation and the need for coordination of the work of different workers, the present analysis focuses on the returns from multi-tasking, which is shown to arose from informational and technological complementaries among task as well as from the exploitation of the versality of human capital. The paper also explores how the move towards multi-tasking can effect the labor market and the distribution of firms across organizational forms.
Subjects:division of labor
specialization
multi-tasking
organization of work
technological change
information flows
JEL:J23
J24
L23
M12
O33
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Publikationen von Forscherinnen und Forschern des IfW
CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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