Organizational Hierarchy

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Definition: Organizational Hierarchy

A typical organizational hierarchy indicates a top to bottom hierarchical organization structure, wherein the greatest control, power and autonomy lies right at the top, and decreases as one proceeds downwards.

Usually, there is one organizational head, followed by the specific functional heads. Under each function, there will be a group of functional experts and support staff, again, with varying levels of authority and control, depending on the function as well as the organization.

The instructions are always from the top to the bottom, with the lower rung staff accountable to their immediate senior and the top rung.

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