Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Authority is a manager’s tool that can be described as the right to commit resources (that is, to make decisions that commit the organization’s resources) or the legal right to give orders or to tell someone to do or not to do something.

Authority is the “glue” that holds the organization together. It provides the means of command. There are three types of authority.

  1. Line authority
  2. Staff authority
  3. Functional authority

Line Authority defines the relationship between superior and subordinate.
Staff Authority is the authority to serve in an advisory capacity.
Functional Authority is the authority to make decisions on specific activities that are undertaken by personnel in other department.

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