Division of Labor

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Assignment on Business Economics and Commerce

Title- Division of labor

October 7, 2011

Meron Solomon Gebreegziabher

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Cambridge International College

Quest for “Division of labor”


Skimming through the basic idea of division of labor, this paper will go through some of the advantages and disadvantages of this system. I plan to step back and take a skeptic look at some of the negative out comes of this system, and evaluate how the world is reacting to them. In addition to a generic perspective of this system, I will dive in to the challenges of our nation’s never ending quest to implement the true “division of labor” in an efficient manner.


“Our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change.” Martin Luther King Jr.

It started in the early ages of human civilization, when each members of a family instinctively share the work load in a house hold. Based on the interest, tradition, gender, age and talent among other things, we found ourselves taking a certain set of tasks. And mostly because of the redundancy of how often we do these tasks and the cultural designations, we tend to attain a higher level of skills in these tasks. Where by contributing a larger slice to the big picture. With bits of pieces coming together, this fuzzy process gave birth to one of pillars of civilization, division of labor.

In broader terms, “Division of labor” is a system where tasks and roles are distributed to different skilled individuals in such a way that they are responsible in managing the given roles or tasks. In our modern world, as the types of goods and services got immensely complex and as people’s demands for them increased, the division of labor had become more vital and effective in addressing the needs.

Although not as formalized, our nation has also enjoyed the...