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Division of Labour   

Division of labour is the separation of a work process into a number of tasks, with each task performed by a separate person or group of persons.

(Encyclopaedia Britannica Online 2015)

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[The division of labour] is most often applied to systems of mass production and is one of the basic organizing principles of the assembly line. Breaking down work into simple repetitive tasks eliminates unnecessary motion and limits the handling of different tools and parts. The consequent reduction in production time and the ability to replace craftsmen with lower-paid unskilled workers result in lower production costs and a less expensive final product.

(Encyclopaedia Britannica Online 2015)

References
Encyclopaedia Britannica Online. "Division of Labour." Accessed June 27, 2015, http://www.britannica.com/topic/division-of-labour.

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