Glossary Term: Flat Organizational Structure

Definition

The organogram of a flat organization shows only few or no levels of middle management between staff and executive management.

What are benefits of a flat organizational structure?

A flat organizational structure elevates the empowerment and perceived ownership across the organization and enhances decision making and communication by eliminating redundant management layers.

What are disadvantages or a flat organizational structure?

Disadvantages of a flat organizational structure may include lack of opportunities for growth and progression, as well as higher workloads for managers due to increased span of control.

 

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