flat organization



An organizational structure in which most middle-management levels and their functions have been eliminated, thus bringing the top management in direct contact with the frontline salespeople, shop floor employees, and customers.

Despite their breadth, flat organizations can benefit from most of the advantages enjoyed by small companies, such as faster response time to changing conditions and customer preferences.

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  • The flat organization of the company allowed for increased communication which was believed to be the source of the higher than normal profits.

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  • It was a flat organization and I preferred that because it made things a lot easier and it also made things run smoother.

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  • In the current economy, it became common for companies to eliminate middle management and adopt a flat organization approach, bringing bottom level staff in direct contact with top level management.

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