chain of command



The order in which authority and power in an organization is wielded and delegated from top management to every employee at every level of the organization. Instructions flow downward along the chain of command and accountability flows upward.

According to its proponent Henri Fayol (1841-1925), the more clear cut the chain of command, the more effective the decision making process and greater the efficiency. Military forces are an example of straight chain of command that extends in unbroken line from the top brass to ranks.

Also called line of command.

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  • I wanted to see the chain of command and who wielded top power at the firm and who had the least amount of power.

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  • You should always take things up the chain of command in the correct order and not cut anyone out of it.

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  • You should never cut someone out of the chain of command or they may take it out on you in the futuer

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