division of labor

  

Definition

Narrow specialization of tasks within a production process so that each worker can become a specialist in doing one thing, especially on an assembly line. In traditional industries (see sunset industries), division of labor is a major motive force for economic-growth. However, in the era of mass customization (which requires multiple skills and very short machine change-over time), division of labor has become much more flexible. Also called specialization of labor.

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  • Due to the division of labor all of our employees were very proficient in their tasks because they were able to focus on learning only specific things.

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  • Division of Labor was first perfected on the assembly lines which were invented by the car manufacturer Henry Ford in the early 1900's.

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  • In our household the division of labor results in my brother taking out the trash and mowing the lawn and my sister and I responsible for washing the dishes and doing the laundry.

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