Background Note | HBS Case Collection | July 1999

Comments on Standard Times and the Division of Labor

by Roy D. Shapiro

Abstract

A brief note on the origins and uses of standard times in production process flow diagrams and on the benefits and drawbacks of division of labor. A rewritten version of two earlier notes.

Keywords: Labor; Management Practices and Processes; Standards; Production;

Citation:

Shapiro, Roy D. "Comments on Standard Times and the Division of Labor." Harvard Business School Background Note 600-013, July 1999.