The Division of Labor and the Market for Organizations
AbstractThe paper examines the determinants of the division of labor within firms. It provides an explanation of the pervasive observed changes in work organization away from the traditional functional departments and toward 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. The paper also explores how the move towards multi-tasking can affect the labor market, and the distribution of firms across organizational forms.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Research Institute of Industrial Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 528.
Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: 01 Feb 2000
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Division of labor; Specialization; Multi-tasking; Organization of work; Technological change; Information flows.;
Other versions of this item:
- Assar Lindbeck & Dennis Snower, 2000. "The Division of Labor and the Market for Organizations," CESifo Working Paper Series 267, CESifo Group Munich.
- Lindbeck, Assar & Snower, Dennis J., 2000. "The Division of Labor and the Market for Organizations," IZA Discussion Papers 119, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
- J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand
- J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
- L23 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Organization of Production
- M12 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting - - Business Administration - - - Personnel Management; Executives; Executive Compensation
- O33 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2000-03-13 (All new papers)
- NEP-DEV-2000-03-13 (Development)
- NEP-IND-2000-03-13 (Industrial Organization)
- NEP-INO-2000-03-13 (Innovation)
- NEP-LAB-2000-03-13 (Labour Economics)
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