Crisis: Centralization or Decentralization?

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Crisis: Centralization or Decentralization?

In a crisis situation, which one is better: centralized or decentralized? On one hand in a crisis condition urgent decisions regarding actions have to be made. On the other hand, the need of a democratic decision is also bigger. How can we manage this situation?

  Siyat Gaye, The Gambia

Centralization or Decentralization in Crisis?

Decentralization is more democratic in terms of decision making as it allows for initiatives and the use of talents.However, decentralization is not suitable in times of crisis.This is because a crisis is fluid and delicate situation which requires urgent, decisive and firm action. In times of crisis unity of command and direction is central.

  Shweta S Awasthi

Don't Agree

A visionary and a leader is much more important to a large org as compared to a smaller one. This is because in smaller organisations, people are generally much more self-motivated. This makes me believe that decentralisation should be prevail more in larger ones; however, that's an ideal set-up anywhere!

  Edwin Eka
HR Consultant, Indonesia

Wrong Question...

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