de-layering

de-layering

the removal of tiers in an ORGANIZATION'S HIERARCHY. This is often implemented to shorten lines of communication and to increase the speed of decision-making. It often forms part of an attempt at DECENTRALIZATION and has been associated with moves to shift authority away from hierarchically organized functional departments to multi-function process teams, as in BUSINESS PROCESS RE-ENGINEERING. Currently a fashionable term, many view it as a euphemism for measures aimed at contraction and labour-shedding. Middle managers are particularly susceptible to REDUNDANCY as a result of de-layering. See DOWNSIZING, SCALAR CONCEPT.
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The company also has taken steps that address certain of the concerns raised by the dissident, such as reducing the number of information technology platforms, shrinking its real estate footprint, de-layering the organization, and adding executive talent from the outside.
There is a lot to be gained in de-layering 1,300 suppliers.
Management tend to do it after they've been thinking outside the box and pushing the envelope on best practice so they can action initiatives on de-layering and downsizing.
The measures include: targeted compulsory redundancies at statutory minimum levels, including the de-layering of the cabin crew organisation; new working conditions to increase productivity; the transition to a new pay scale that will include reduced salaries; a reduction in variable pay; and the implementation of new Aer Lingus principles of employment.
Makhzoumi added that although senior executives needed to remain in tight control of company's finances, de-layering, a flexible workforce and even outsourcing were complementary actions that could motivate people and strengthen their futures.
With the amount of duplicity and duty overlap that resulted from the last decade of growth, firms need to execute a de-layering process that looks to eliminate unnecessary processes, protocol and hierarchy, according to Deloitte.
Ken Mulkearn of IDS said: "Following the de-layering of the early 1990s' recession, few firms have much spare capacity left to cut.
These advantages allow the business to respond to the needs of customers in a quick, innovative and flexible manner and, paradoxically, it is these latter qualities that many larger bureaucratic organisations are now trying to emulate through de-layering and down-sizing.
The de-layering of the top management brings simplicity, clarity of leadership and greater accountability.
The de-layering exercise which has been going on in the force for the past two and a half years has led to the loss of hundreds of years of specialist experience.
The de-layering of organizations largely meant the layoff of middle managers,'' said Elizabeth Fried, president of N.
Working in a team is now a way of life, as organizations adopt practices like TQM, move towards a flatter organizational structure through de-layering and strategically demand a worldforce that is flexible, multi-skilled and empowered to act under their own initiative (Hicks and Bone, 1990; Wellins et al.