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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He said "de-layering in itself was not an outcome" at the latest Cleveland crime panel.
The video presents a journey of three characters taking a ride "home" in the city's iconic yellow taxi; each of them de-layering over their journey to reveal their true selves on their way "Back Home".
It explained that it was making moves to simplify its operating model by "de-layering" its management structure and ensuring there are "fewer, bigger, more accountable leadership roles".
BT explained yesterday that it was making moves to simplify its operating model by "de-layering" its management structure and ensuring there are "fewer, bigger, more accountable leadership roles".
BT explained it was making moves to simplify its operating model by "de-layering" its management structure and ensuring there are "fewer, bigger, more accountable leadership roles."
On the other hand, this growth hasn't been accompanied by either breakthroughs in staff engagement or productivity, which leaves the uncomfortable sense that teams are appearing because employees want them, or for reasons of de-layering and cost savings, or are an unseen epiphenomenon of changes in the ways we are working.
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.
One method she suggests for eliminating the excess employees is "de-layering." If that term mystifies you, "layering" refers to the tendency of a government employee to want to be a chief, and when he gets to be a chief, to have deputy chiefs and assistant chiefs to make his role seem more important.
The CEO of the bank described the departure of Krawcheck and Price as 'de-layering and simplifying' of the bank's management structure.
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.