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Definition: Deskilling

What is the dictionary definition of Deskilling?

Dictionary Definition

  1. To redesign (a job) so that less skill is required to carry it out, for example through the introduction of new technology.
  2. To change the role of (workers) so that they are no longer required or able to use the skills that they have acquired.

Full Definition of Deskilling

A decrease in the quality and range of the practical knowledge of individuals, organisations, or societies due to attrition, automation, computerisation, downsizing, a lack of learning opportunities, or neglect.

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
Deskilling. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. September 27, 2021
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Deskilling. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: September 27, 2021).
American Psychological Association (APA):
Deskilling. Retrieved September 27, 2021, from website:

Definition Sources

Definitions for Deskilling are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 8th January, 2020 | 6 Views.