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Line Authority – Features - Organization of HRM

   Posted On :  30.05.2018 09:22 am

A command relationship exists between each superior and subordinate. Line authority is the heart of this relationship because it entitles a superior to direct the work of his subordinate.

Line Authority – Features

Chain of command


A command relationship exists between each superior and subordinate. Line authority is the heart of this relationship because it entitles a superior to direct the work of his subordinate.

Chain of communication


Line authority is the channel of communication between members of the organization. Communication up and down in the organization flows through the line relationship. In any organization line of communication should be established. There should be a system where everyone reports and also get reported. Such a line is maintained through line of command.

Maintains Responsibility


The line relationship carries ultimate responsibility for the work assigned. Though there is delegation of authority, every individual holding position holds responsibility.

Staff organization


This is advisory in nature. A staff man charged with bringing about improvements in a specific area has two courses of action. He may make a recommendation to a line manager who is directly or indirectly his boss and then rely on the manager to issue the necessary orders to put the plan into effect or he may try to secure voluntary acceptance of his ideas from other managers without the support of formal orders through line chain. In the second course the staff man can use his persuasive skill to accept.

Compulsory Staff Consultation


Despite all the efforts made by staff man, there is still a possibility that real action may be taken in the area concerning his specialization without his participation. To overcome this, some organizations prescribe the practice of compulsory staff consultation. Under this arrangement, a staff man must be consulted before action is taken.

Concurring Authority


Under certain circumstances, particularly when control over some operations is very important, a staff man may be granted authority so that no action can be taken until the concerned staff man agrees to it. For example, quality control inspector must pass on raw materials or semi finished products before they move to the next stage of production. So also agreement with employees over the matter of wages should be entered only after the personnel manager has agreed for it. In India certain massive public sector projects may be taken by the state or centre only after getting clearance from planning commission.
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