span of control

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span of control

the number of people a manager has formal AUTHORITY over and is responsible for. Most ORGANIZATIONS are structured on the premise that there are practical limitations to the number of people one manager can effectively supervise without becoming overloaded or losing sight of what the subordinates are doing. CLASSICAL MANAGEMENT THEORY held that the optimum span of control was around six people. It is now generally believed that the effective width of the span is to some extent determined by the distribution of decision-making. Where this is decentralized a wider span is feasible. The span of control is often inversely related to the number of levels in the HIERARCHY of an ORGANIZATION. The more levels, the smaller the span of control, and vice versa.
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Our approach focuses on three major dimensions: Streamlining our organization, by bringing similar businesses and functions together, reducing management layers and increasing spans of control, Reengineering key cross-business processes by looking at them end-to-end and creating global centers of excellence that clarify roles and responsibilities and provide support across businesses, Leveraging policy changes to help drive tighter expense control across the company
Reportedly, cost savings of approximately USD200m are expected to be derived from a combination of lower headcount and non-headcount costs which will be achieved by aggressively embracing zero-based budgeting, simplifying organisational structure by increasing spans of control and reducing layers, and outsourcing technology and back office functions to improve scalability.
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The nurse managers who participated in this study were experienced, well-educated, and managed large spans of control.
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In organizations with wide spans of control, supervisors have many subordinates under their command.
First, we analyzed AMFI Research's Supply Chain Top 25 organizations, and found that they have demonstrably greater spans of control.
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With fewer management layers and wider spans of control, our division team will be able to improve store-level execution, lower costs and react more quickly to the needs of our customers.