Definition of Learning Curve

A learning curve is a concept used to measure production efficiency achieved and the total cost spent to complete the task. Production efficiency is increased by measuring the employee’s learning performance on a task and how many hours it takes to complete the task. Any employee regardless of any position and experience needs some time to develop his/her understanding of the task.


With the repetition of the task, they will master the skills to quickly complete it. Greater efficiency is shown by the employees, the higher the cost will be saved. The learning curve concept was first coined by psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus in 1885.

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