Economists are, as a general lot, very much in support of the concepts of division of labor and trade. After all, it’s pretty clear that having people specialize and trade makes sense from an efficiency standpoint- what’s that line about being a jack of all trades and a master of none?
When you consider that people are people and not economic robots, however, the benefits of pure specialization are a bit less clear. Maybe I have ADD or something, but I think I would be more frustrated than productive if I had to do the same narrowly-defined task every day. Apparently Dilbert agrees with me:
Given this, it shouldn’t be too surprising that people who work for startups generally find their jobs to be satisfying even though they are often running around doing the most random of tasks. On that note, I have to go administer a final exam.