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MOB Chapter 7 Vocab

The deployment of organizational resources to achieve strategic goals. Organizing
The framework in which the organization defines how tasks are divided, resources are deployed, and departments are coordinated. Organization Structure
The visual representation of an organization's structure. Organization Chart
The degree to which organizational tasks are subdivided into individual jobs; also called division of labor. Work Specialization
An unbroken line of authority that links all individuals in the organization and specifies who reports to whom. Chain of Command
The formal and legitimate right of a manager to make decisions, issue orders, and allocate resources to achieve organizationally desired outcomes. Authority
The duty to perform the task or activity an employee has been assigned. Responsibility
The fact that the people with authority and responsibility are subject to reporting and justifying task outcomes to those above them in the chain of command. Accountability
The process managers use to transfer authority and responsibility to positions below them in the hierarchy. Delegation
A form of authority in which individuals in management positions have the formal power to direct and control immediate subordinates. Line Authority
A form of authority granted to staff specialists in their area of expertise. Staff Authority
The number of employees reporting to a supervisor; also called span of control. Span of Management
A management structure characterized by an overall narrow span of management and a relatively large number of hierarchical levels. Tall Structure
A management structure characterized by an overall broad span of control and relatively few hierarchical levels. Flat Structure
The location of decision authority near top organizational levels. Centralization
The location of decision authority near lower organizational levels. Decentralizaiton.
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