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PLS,WHAT IS THE MEANING OF SPAN OF CONTROR?

PLS,WHAT IS THE MEANING OF SPAN OF CONTROR?

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Gaby
2 months ago
Span of control is the
term now used more commonly in
business management, particularly
human resource management. Span of
control refers to the number of
subordinates a supervisor has.
  • Gaby: Span of control
    Span of control is the term
    now used more commonly
    in business management,
    particularly human
    resource management.
    Span of control refers to
    the number of
    subordinates a supervisor
    has. In the hierarchical
    business organization of
    some time in the past it
    was not uncommon to see
    average spans of 1 to 4 or
    even less. That is, one
    manager supervised four
    employees on average. In
    the 1980s corporate
    leaders flattened many
    organizational structures
    causing average spans to
    move closer to 1 to 10. That
    was made possible
    primarily by the
    development of
    inexpensive information
    technology. As information
    technology was developed
    capable of easing many
    middle manager tasks –
    tasks like collecting,
    manipulating and
    presenting operational
    information – upper
    managers found they could
    hire fewer middle
    managers to do more work
    managing more
    subordinates for less
    money. The current shift to
    self-directed cross-
    functional teams and other
    forms of non-hierarchical
    structures, have made the
    concept of span of control
    less salient. Theories about
    the optimum span of
    control go back to V. A.
    Graicunas. In 1933 he used
    assumptions about mental
    capacity and attention span
    to develop a set of practical
    heuristics. Lyndall Urwick
    developed a theory based
    on geographical dispersion
    and the need for face to
    face meetings. In spite of
    numerous attempts since
    then, no convincing
    theories have been
    presented. This is because
    the optimum span of
    control depends on
    numerous variables
    including organizational
    structure, available
    technology, the functions
    being performed, and the
    competencies of the
    manager as well as staff. An
    alternative view is
    proposed by Elliott Jaques
    that a manager may have
    up to as many immediate
    subordinates that they can
    know personally in the
    sense that they can assess
    personal effectiveness.
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isaaq
2 months ago
span of control refers to the number of subordinates under the manager’s direct control. As an example, a manager with five direct reports has a span of control of five. To many or to few direct reports is a good way to view how efficent an organization is as long as it looked at in the context of the companys organizational structure.
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