Technological Progress, Organizational Change and the Size of the Human Resources Department

IRES Discussion Paper No. 2007-047

UCL Economics Discussion Paper No. 2007-47

Catholic University of Louvain Paper No. 2008-01

38 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2008

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Raouf Boucekkine

Universite Catholique de Louvain

Patricia Crifo

Ecole Polytechnique, Paris - Laboratoire d'Econometrie; Université Paris X Nanterre - Department of Economics; Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis on Organization (CIRANO)

Claudio Mattalia

Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) - Faculty of Economic, Social and Political Sciences

Date Written: June 2008

Abstract

Innovative workplace practices based on multi-tasking and ICT that have been diffusing in most OECD countries since the 1990s have strong consequences on working conditions. Available data show together with the emergence of new organizational forms like multi-tasking, the increase in the proportion of workers employed in managerial occupation and the increase in skill requirements. This paper proposes a theoretical model to analyze the optimal number of tasks per worker when switching to multi-tasking raises coordination costs between workers and between tasks. Firms can reduce coordination costs by assigning more workers to human resources management. Human capital is endogenously accumulated by workers. The model reproduces pretty well the regularities observed in the data. In particular, exogenous technological accelerations tend to increase both the number of tasks performed and the skill requirements, and to raise the fraction of workers devoted to management

Keywords: Information Technology, Organizational Change, Human Capital,

JEL Classification: J2, L2, O3, C6

Suggested Citation

Boucekkine, Raouf and Crifo, Patricia and Mattalia, Claudio, Technological Progress, Organizational Change and the Size of the Human Resources Department (June 2008). IRES Discussion Paper No. 2007-047; UCL Economics Discussion Paper No. 2007-47; Catholic University of Louvain Paper No. 2008-01. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1103130 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1103130

Raouf Boucekkine

Universite Catholique de Louvain ( email )

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Belgium
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Patricia Crifo (Contact Author)

Ecole Polytechnique, Paris - Laboratoire d'Econometrie ( email )

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France

Université Paris X Nanterre - Department of Economics

Nanterre Cedex, 92001
France

Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis on Organization (CIRANO)

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Montreal H3C 3J7, Quebec
Canada

Claudio Mattalia

Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) - Faculty of Economic, Social and Political Sciences ( email )

B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve
Belgium

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