Dilbert on Multitasking

28 November 2012 at 11:58 pm 2 comments

| Peter Klein |

Speaking of agency theory, today’s Dilbert deals with multitasking and, as usual, gets the problem exactly right:

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  • 1. David Croson (@ProfDC)  |  29 November 2012 at 11:16 am

    Now THIS is a keeper. It captures the idea that specifying uncompensated tasks is pointless (e.g., there’s no point in attaching a second page, saying “here is a long list of things that I expect you to do, but on which you won’t be compensated) and also incorporates the idea of future tasks (the assignment of which is the employer’s privilege, a la Simon) that can be ignored as well when they arise.

    Has something been written about explicit compensation structures hamstringing the employer’s option to assign new tasks as they arise? Obviously this inflexibility is an issue in contract theory, but has there been an organizational treatment of the reduction in value of the boss’s authority?

  • 2. Peter Klein  |  29 November 2012 at 11:45 am

    Great question, nothing comes to mind. Readers, any suggestions?

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