originäre dispositive Arbeit

English translation: autonomous dispositive labor

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German term or phrase:originäre dispositive Arbeit
English translation:autonomous dispositive labor
Entered by: Mack Tillman

18:04 Jun 13, 2015
German to English translations [PRO]
Bus/Financial - Economics / factors of production
German term or phrase: originäre dispositive Arbeit
Die Aufgabe der Unternehmensleitung bezeichnet man als originäre dispositive Arbeit.

The sentence has to do with Erich Gutenberg's definition of the factors of production being (in German) e.g.:
Elementarfaktoren sind die ausführende, d.h. die objektbezogene Arbeit, die Betriebsmittel und Werkstoffe. Die Elementarfaktoren sind direkt am Produktionsprozess beteiligt. Als dispositiven Faktor bezeichnet man das Unternehmensmanagement, dessen Aufgabe es ist, die Produktionsfaktoren zu kombinieren. Die Aufgabe der Unternehmensleitung bezeichnet man als originäre dispositive Arbeit.

I can't find a corresponding englisch expression for: "originäre dispositive Arbeit" even though I tend to interpret it as primarly planning and coordinating work in contrast to object-related work; meaning the work that is carried out due to be charged with it through executive management.

I thought "entrepreneurship" might do the job, but my understanding of entrepreneurship is that it, of course, has to do with planning and coordinating, but merely at start-up and not as an ongoing process.

Perhaps someone has a good idea or has had the same problem at some time. I welcome a lively discussion.

Many thanks in advance.
Mack Tillman
Germany
Local time: 16:14
autonomous dispositive labor
Explanation:
Compare with link below:
"In it the factor of labor, more precisely, of executing labor, separates itself from managerial performance, which is, of course, also a form of labor: dispositive-autonomous labor, not heteronomous labor..."
https://books.google.com/books?id=KuocFCBFB_AC&pg=PA330&lpg=...'s%20definition%20of%20production%20factors&f=false
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Michael Martin, MA
United States
Local time: 10:14
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Martin,
your picking up this translation from Arthur Rich's book did help me in a sense because it caused me to think about your suggestion many times over. Autonomous can really be used because it states that this labor is not depending on anyone else, which actually describes the role of top-level company management being the ultimate authority having the say. Labor, ok.

M-W: Definition of DISPOSITIVE
: directed toward or effecting disposition (as of a case)

M-W: Full Definition of DISPOSITION
1 : the act or the power of disposing or the state of being disposed: as
a : administration, control
b : final arrangement : settlement
c (1) : transfer to the care or possession of another (2) : the power of such transferal

M-W: Definition of — dispose of
...
2 a : to transfer to the control of another

As can be derived from the M-W definitions, I will leave dispositive standing in my translation, i.e., I'll use your suggestion and just paraphrase it just like Gerd Zeitler did on his website: "According to E. Gutenberg (1951), the managerial or entrepreneurial task, as the dispositive factor, includes auxiliary functions such as planing, organizing and controlling." (https://gerdzeitler.wordpress.com/factors-of-production/).

There are days, when I can't see the wood for the trees. ;-) Perhaps you've had some of those, too?
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autonomous dispositive labor


Explanation:
Compare with link below:
"In it the factor of labor, more precisely, of executing labor, separates itself from managerial performance, which is, of course, also a form of labor: dispositive-autonomous labor, not heteronomous labor..."
https://books.google.com/books?id=KuocFCBFB_AC&pg=PA330&lpg=...'s%20definition%20of%20production%20factors&f=false

Michael Martin, MA
United States
Local time: 10:14
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PRO pts in category: 12
Grading comment
Martin,
your picking up this translation from Arthur Rich's book did help me in a sense because it caused me to think about your suggestion many times over. Autonomous can really be used because it states that this labor is not depending on anyone else, which actually describes the role of top-level company management being the ultimate authority having the say. Labor, ok.

M-W: Definition of DISPOSITIVE
: directed toward or effecting disposition (as of a case) <dispositive evidence>

M-W: Full Definition of DISPOSITION
1 : the act or the power of disposing or the state of being disposed: as
a : administration, control
b : final arrangement : settlement <the disposition of the case>
c (1) : transfer to the care or possession of another (2) : the power of such transferal

M-W: Definition of — dispose of
...
2 a : to transfer to the control of another <disposing of personal property to a total stranger>

As can be derived from the M-W definitions, I will leave dispositive standing in my translation, i.e., I'll use your suggestion and just paraphrase it just like Gerd Zeitler did on his website: "According to E. Gutenberg (1951), the managerial or entrepreneurial task, as the dispositive factor, includes auxiliary functions such as planing, organizing and controlling." (https://gerdzeitler.wordpress.com/factors-of-production/).

There are days, when I can't see the wood for the trees. ;-) Perhaps you've had some of those, too?
Notes to answerer
Asker: Hello Martin, please see my comments in the discussion. I also came across the book you are citing and I didn't really feel that comfortable with how it was being translated. Thanks anyway

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