Here is a micro example.
Suppose an employee would like to obtain a big raise of his salary, beyond what what is usual for his job. Doing so would not be in the general interest of the firm, as it would lose it's competitiveness if it conitinues to pay too much to its employees. Therefore the principle Subordination of Individual Interest says that in this case the general interest should prevail over the individual interest of the employee.
Nannette Riddick, United States
Example of Subordination of Individual Interest
I would have to agree with Henry Fayol on the matter about this subject creating "lively debate." After all, "Who decides what the interest of the organization as a whole is?"
Subordination of Individual Interest
Here's an example at a higher level.
Let's assume that the company's mission is to do: "X". Then "X" would be almost always more important than management's or staff's interests.
Typically, to create "buy in" from executive management one would need to point out that a particular intended activity/project supports the organization's goal of "X". If it then turns out that the "interest" for the activity/project is not in sync with the mission, then - even though it is important to the project owner/manager/ staff member - the "interest" cannot be justified and has to be subordinated to the company's mission.