Study notes

Hierarchy

  • Levels: GCSE, AS, A Level
  • Exam boards: AQA, Edexcel, OCR, IB
The levels of hierarchy refer to the number of layers within an organisation.

Traditional organisations were tall with many layers of hierarchy and were often authoritarian in nature.

The first organisation chart below shows a business with four levels of hierarchy – from the Managing Director at the top, to assistants and team members at the bottom.

Further below is another organisation chart, which shows a taller hierarchy.

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