Flat VS Hierarchical Organizational Structure

A company’s structure has an impact on everything within it. This includes the communication between the employees to how the company operates. Companies are in a dilemma of what organizational structure best suits their company. Is it the flat structure of hierarchical structure? Download this infographic on Flat VS Hierarchical organizational structure: Which one is best for your company to know.

A flat organization has few or no levels of management between management and staff level employees while the hierarchical structure has multiple levels of responsibility, with communication flowing from top to bottom. Flat structure works best for small companies while hierarchical structure works best for corporate companies and firms. Companies with flat organizational structure produces more generalists while companies with hierarchical organizational structure produces more skilled specialists. Other differences include the motivation of employees, the level of complexity and, opportunities for promotion and leadership.

Both structures have their advantages and disadvantages. When one may benefit a company, it may not for another one. It all depends on the size of the company, the type of work, leadership, and how you want the company to operate. In this infographic, we compare and contrast Flat and Hierarchical organizational structure so that you can decide which one best suits your company.

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Hanan Ashraf
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