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Title:The division of labor within firms PDF Logo
Authors:Lindbeck, Assar
Snower, Dennis J.
Issue Date:1997
Series/Report no.:Seminar paper / Institute for International Economic Studies 628
Abstract:The paper examines the determinants of the division of labor within firms. It provides an explanation of the pervasive change in work organization away from the traditional functional departments and towards multi-tasking and job rotation. Whereas the existing literature on the division of labor within firms emphasizes the returns from specialization 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 arise from informational and technological complementarities among tasks as well as from the exploitation of the versatility of human capital.
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

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