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Notes on Line and Staff Authority

This article provides a short note on line and staff authority. Line authority is exercised by the superior over his immediate subordinates. This forms a chain of authority from top to bottom. People who exercise line authority are known as line managers. Staff managers assist line managers (in advisory capacity) in discharging their duties efficiently. […]

Staff and Line Managers

After reading this article you will learn about the importance and types of staff that provide assistance to line managers. Importance of Staff: Staff specialists are not required in small organisations as line managers can carry out the necessary functions (general and specialised) on their own. At the most, they can seek guidance of outside […]

Notes on Authority: Meaning, Types and Limitations | Organisation

After reading this article you will learn about:- 1. Meaning of Authority 2. Features of Authority 3. Types 4. Accountability 5. Limitations. Meaning of Authority: Authority is the right to carry out the assigned tasks (responsibilities). It is the power to issue directions, allocate resources, make decisions, command people etc. Authority is the power of […]

Top 4 Theories of Authority | Organisation

This article throws light upon the top four theories of authority. The theories are: 1. Formal or Classical Theory of Authority 2. Acceptance Theory of Authority 3. Authority Theory of the Situation 4. Competence Theory of Authority. 1. Formal or Classical Theory of Authority: This is known as top-down authority. It supports the principle of […]

Power of Superiors: Meaning and Sources | Organisation

After reading this article you will learn about the meaning and sources of power of superiors in an organisation. Meaning of Power: While authority is the right of a person to give directions, power is the ability to do so. Power does not depend upon a person’s position in the organisation. It is derived from […]

Responsibility: Meaning, Concept and Forms | Organisation

After reading this article you will learn about:- 1. Meaning of Responsibility 2. Concept of Responsibility 3. Forms. Meaning of Responsibility: Responsibility is the task entrusted by managers to subordinates. It means moral commitment to do the work assigned. A person who performs some work has the responsibility to do it. It is the obligation […]

Difference between Authority and Power

This article will help you to differentiate between authority and power. Difference # Authority: 1. Formalization: It is the formal right of a person to issue orders and instructions to subordinates. 2. Position: It is related to position that a person holds in the organisational hierarchy. It is institutional in nature. 3. Organisation Chart: It […]

Reasons for Line and Staff Conflict (With Resolution)

After reading this article you will learn about the reasons for line and staff conflict with resolution. I. Reasons Given by Line Managers: Line managers are responsible for ultimate results or goal achievement and, thus, give the following reasons for line/staff conflict: 1. Practical approach to the problem: Line managers feel that staff suggestions cannot […]

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