CLS Working Papers, Centre for Labour Market and Social Research, Aarhus School of Business, University of Aarhus
Job Rotation as a Mechanism for Learning
Abstract: This paper analyzes the costs and benefits of job rotation
as a mechanism through which the firm learns about the employees'
productivities and the profitability of different jobs or activities. We
compare job rotation to an assignment policy where employees specialize in
one job along their career. We find that rotation is more profitable than
specialization the larger the prior uncertainty about employees and
activities. We argue that our firm learning theory fits the existing
evidence on rotation better than alternative explanations based on employee
motivation and employee learning.
Keywords: Job rotation; Productivity; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: J60; (follow links to similar papers)
22 pages, April 1, 2000
Published in: Management Science, Vol. 47, No. 10, pp. 1361-1370 (www.informs.orgs/Pubs/Mansci/)
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