February 2022

Plant Design, Engineering, Construction and Commissioning

Productivity in process plant engineering: Aspects and examples

For centuries, division of labor has been the recipe to improve productivity—dividing an organizational set of tasks into smaller tasksets, as assigned to individuals.

For centuries, division of labor has been the recipe to improve productivity—dividing an organizational set of tasks into smaller tasksets, as assigned to individuals. In his guidelines, Fayol1 separates a set of tasks to execute the core function from sets for support (i.e., line and staff); he also divides decision-making. Taylor2 focuses on splitting the line functions into small tasksets that would be further adjusted for—apart from discipline—experience and grade, senior/junior, among other criteria that are easily picked up, enhancing productivity. Decades later, it was shown that very narrow tasksets reduced productivity, an approach that was later amended; consequently, some decisio

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