division of labor

distribution of work, division of a job into specialized parts with a few individuals assigned to each task in order to enable mass production of a product

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • Division of labor —    Karl Marx discusses the division of labor at various points in his writings, and it clearly is a topic of particular significance in his thought. In his earlier writings, notably The German Ideology (1846), Marx talks about it in fairly loose… …   Historical dictionary of Marxism

  • division of labor — the separation of labor into its components or into various distinct processes and their apportionment among different individuals, groups, or machines for the purpose of increasing productive efficiency: as a. : the distribution of occupations… …   Useful english dictionary

  • division of labor — Ops the allocation of each task in a process to a different worker. Division of labor is a concept originated by Adam Smith in order to increase output. It enables workers to become highly skilled at one job, but they may lack transferable skills …   The ultimate business dictionary

  • division of labor — Date: 1776 the breakdown of labor into its components and their distribution among different persons, groups, or machines to increase productive efficiency …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • division of labor — di,vision of labor noun singular the way that the work that needs to be done is divided so that different people are responsible for different parts of it …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • division of labor — Econ. a production process in which a worker or group of workers is assigned a specialized task in order to increase efficiency. [1770 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • Detailed division of labor — Detailed division of labor, one of the two aspects of the division of labor, is where the labor required for one product is distributed between many people, each producing a part of the final product. So instead of each worker making a product… …   Wikipedia

  • Division of labour — is the specialisation of cooperative labour in specific, circumscribed tasks and like roles. Historically an increasingly complex division of labour is closely associated with the growth of total output and trade, the rise of capitalism, and of… …   Wikipedia

  • division of labour — diˌvision of ˈlabour , division of labor noun divisions of labour PLURALFORM [countable, uncountable] ECONOMICS a way of organizing work in which each member of a group has one particular job to do instead of each member doing a share of all the… …   Financial and business terms

  • labor, labour — I n. work 1) to do, perform labor, labour 2) manual, physical; menial; painstaking; productive; sweated (BE), sweatshop; skilled; unskilled labor, labour 3) a division of labor, labour 4) (misc.) (a) division of labor, labour; a labor, labour of… …   Combinatory dictionary

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