Organisation Structure Glossary

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Organisation Chart
Diagram showing the structure of an organisation
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Tall organisation structure
An organisation with many layers of hierarchy
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Flat organisation structure
An organisation with few layers of hierarchy
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Matrix Structure
The organisation of a firm into teams based on a project or product with members drawn from a range of traditional functions
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Functions
The traditional departments in an organisation (marketing, finance etc).
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Centralised Structure
Decision making is in the hands of senior management
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Decentralised Structure
Decision making is delegated to employees lower down the hierarchy
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Span Of Control
The number of subordinates reporting to a line manager
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Chain of command
The route by which decisions and information are passed up and down the organisation structure
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Hierarchy of hierarchical structure
A traditional organisation structure which contains layers of management
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Delegation
Passing power and authority down the hierarchy, seen as motivating
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Levels of hierarchy
The layers within the organisation structure reflecting the number of managers at different levels in the organisation
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Delayering
Removing layers of the hierarchy
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Bureaucracy or bureaucratic
The rules and procedures of doing things in an organisation. Some see it as 'red tape' or 'filling in bits of paper'
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Authority
The power to make decisions
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Responsibility
A manager is 'responsible' for the actions/mistakes of a subordinate
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Accountability
A subordinate is 'accountable' to a line manager. (must report to)
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An organisation with many layers of hierarchy

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Tall organisation structure

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An organisation with few layers of hierarchy

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The organisation of a firm into teams based on a project or product with members drawn from a range of traditional functions

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The traditional departments in an organisation (marketing, finance etc).

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