Management Concepts & Organisational Behaviour - Levels In Management

Levels of Management

   Posted On :  17.05.2018 08:20 am
Levels of Management

The three levels of management that are commonly found in any organisation are lower or front-line, middle and top management.

Levels of Management

The three levels of management that are commonly found in any organisation are lower or front-line, middle and top management.


Front-Line or Supervisory Management

 
 
This is the lowest level in the hierarchy of management. Usually the jobs at this level are the entry level positions into management profession. Managers at this level direct the operating employees (workers). They are close to the action for their job involves supervising the activities of operatives. Front-Line managers in the production department are called foreman, supervisor, superintendent, inspector and so on. For instance, in a manufacturing concern, in marketing, finance and others departments, they are called management trainees or junior executives. Similarly, in a government office, the term superintendent or section officer is preferred.
 

Middle level Management

 
 
Middle management level includes in many organizations more than on level. Managers who work at levels between the lower and top levels constitute the middle management. Departmental heads, Regional managers, Zonal managers and so on fall in this category. They report to top managers. Their principal responsibilities are to direct the activities of lower level managers who implement the organization’s policies.

 

Top level Management

 
 
Top management constitutes the highest level in the management hierarchy. This is the policy making level in any organization. This level consists of a small group of executives. Board of Directors, Chairman, Managing Director and the top functional heads such as COO, CIO, and such other C-suite managers, and divisional managers comprise this level. Top managers are responsible for the overall management of the organization. They decide the enterprise objectives, policies and strategies to be pursued to achieve the objectives. They provide direction to the organization by guiding its interactions with the environment.

 

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