Definition Chain of Command. Description.
The Chain of Command is a
metaphor for the way power
is passed down through a business organization. The term is supposed to have
a military background.
Military personnel give orders to only those directly below
them in the chain of command and receive orders from only those directly above.
A soldier who has difficulty carrying out an order is likely to be disciplined
for not observing the chain of command if he skips the officer who is in direct
command of him and directly appeals to a higher-ranked officer in his chain
The concept of chain of command implies that higher rank
alone does not entitle a person to give commands. If an officer needs something
from a common soldier of another unit, he is generally expected to approach
him via his officer, who then contacts the soldier along his own chain of
Henri Fayol in his 14 Principles of Management,
said that managers in a company normally exist in a chain of command that
is hierarchical. Authority and responsibility are delegated down the chain
of command and become less the lower one goes in the organization. Lower level
managers have the responsibility of informing those senior in the Chain of
Command of current information regarding task accomplishment.
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