The Division of Labour under Uncertainty - 10.1628/093245613X13620416111326 - Mohr Siebeck

Nigel Wadeson

The Division of Labour under Uncertainty

Volume 169 () / Issue 2, pp. 253-274 (22)

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Reductions in the division of labour are a significant feature of modern developments in work organisation. It has been recognised that a reduced division of labour can have the advantages of job enrichment and lower coordination costs. In this paper it is shown how advantages from a lesser division of labour can stem from the flow of work between different sets of resources where the work rates of individual production stages are subject to uncertainties. Both process- and project-based work are considered. Implications for the boundaries of the firm and for innovation processes are noted.

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