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Hierarchy

In human relations, governance in which who is in power over whom is clearly defined. For example, a hierarchy may exist with a company owner and three employees in that the owner is in charge of the employees. Hierarchy is easy to understand; power structures are marked and followed. It may be contrasted with a heterarchy, but one may exist within the other.

hierarchy

  1. any pattern of social relationships where some individuals have AUTHORITY over others.
  2. the vertical structure of an ORGANIZATION. Generally there will be a number of management levels in the hierarchy with each having authority over the one beneath it. In a very small organization there might be only two levels in the hierarchy – the manager and the managed. In larger organizations the number will be greater, though it is rarely above eight. Organizations with a high number of levels are said to be tall whilst those with only two or three are said to be flat. There is an inverse relationship with the SPAN OF CONTROL. Where the latter is high, i.e. each manager supervises a large number of subordinates, there will be a tendency towards a flat structure. For the same number of total staff, a low span of control will be associated with a tall structure. See ORGANIZATION CHART, DE-LAYERING.

hierarchy

the ORGANIZATION of economic activities within the FIRM. The internal hierarchy of management levels within the firm can, under certain circumstances, take responsibility for economic transactions rather than conduct them at arm's length through external MARKET relationships. See INTERNALIZATION.
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The sample was purposefully drawn from those employees in the banking system whose immediate superior is a woman.
Whatever the response to the behavior is, and no matter whose pen authored the solution or who else needed to be in the room to mediate, witness, or support it, the employee's immediate superior must be the one to endorse, deliver, and verbalize what future expectations the company has of the employee.
IF a group of you could go to personnel together and ask them to support your going to her immediate superior to make an informal complaint, perhaps this may hold more sway.
Commander Paddick was told his fate by his immediate superior, Assistant Commissioner Mike Todd, and his new job at Scotland Yard will be in "territorial policing".
Reform was announced at the convent late in 1506, during the prelature of abbess Marie Waye, by Jean Foucault, abbot of Clairvaux and immediate superior to Flines.
The American Society of Forensic Obstetricians and Gynecologists' Impaired Physician Project recommends that a physician frankly discuss with his or her immediate superior any concerns regarding a colleague's potential or suspected impairment.
I can think of no greater recipe for guaranteed success in a company--BGI for sure-- than a Nirvana in which every person is devoted to the success of his or her immediate superior.
Typically, the first target audience is upper management, whether that consists of your immediate superior or a team of upper management executives.
Another important, but seldom recognized, distinction between the boss and the foot soldier is that the CEO has no immediate superior whose performance is itself getting measured.
Cuesta said the sword that came into his possession was supposed to be for his immediate superior, Lt.
Louis Globe-Democrat, was features editor and my immediate superior when I went to the Post in July 1972, and she remained so until 1979, when she was succeeded by Harper Barnes.
The weekly reported that six inspectors and their immediate superior harassed and abused food vendors, leveled exorbitant fines, shared confiscated goods, and extorted free meals.

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