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Vertical Dimension of Organisational Structure

   Posted On :  19.05.2018 09:51 pm

Authority is the formal right vested in a managerial position to undertake certain managerial tasks, to make decisions, to give directions to subordinates and to influence events for achieving certain goals. The concepts of authority, responsibility and accountability have particular relevance for understanding the process of delegation of authority.

Vertical Dimension of Organisational Structure
 
Authority is the formal right vested in a managerial position to undertake certain managerial tasks, to make decisions, to give directions to subordinates and to influence events for achieving certain goals. The concepts of authority, responsibility and accountability have particular relevance for understanding the process of delegation of authority. The concept of responsibility has two connotations. In one sense, it is the set of tasks or duties assigned to a person. In another sense, it is corollary of authority and is the obligation of a person to whom authority is delegated, to act in response to an order issued by his superior. Accountability is often used as a synonym to responsibility. In other words, accountability and responsibility have the same meaning. Some others, however, distinguish between accountability and responsibility by defining accountability as personal answerability for decisions, actions and results on the part of a subordinate to his superior. The vertical axis of the organisational structure thus consists of the hierarchy of management or the network of managerial authority levels. The hierarchy of management is established through the process of vertical differentiation and integration of authority.

 

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