span of control

  

Definition

The number of subordinates that a manager or supervisor can directly control. This number varies with the type of work: complex, variable work reduces it to six, whereas routine, fixed work increases it to twenty or more.

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  • The span of control by the manager was vast in his reach of influence with regards to the business project.

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  • My manager had a large span of control and could influence people on this floor and three of the others, which impressed me a lot.

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  • You need to accurately assess what span of control you can handle and not try to take on more than you can deal with.

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