The division of labour under uncertainty
Wadeson, N. (2013) The division of labour under uncertainty. Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, 169 (2). pp. 253-274. ISSN 0932-4569
To link to this article DOI: 10.1628/093245613X13620416111326
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.