Flat Organisation Structure
Diagram below gives a sample visual preview of how a flat organisation structure must look like. Click on the following image for an enlarged preview.
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Advantages of Flat Organisation Structure
Benefits or advantages of a flat organisation structure are as follows:
- Flat Organisation is less costly because it has only few managers.
- It creates fewer levels of management.
- Quick decisions and actions can be taken because it has only a few levels of management.
- Fast and clear communication is possible among these few levels of management.
- Subordinates are free from close and strict supervision and control.
- It is more suitable for routine and standardised activities.
- Superiors may not be too dominating because of large numbers of subordinates.
Disadvantages of Flat Organisation Structure
Limitations or disadvantages of a flat organisation structure are as follows:
- There are chances of loose control because there are many subordinates under one manager.
- The discipline in the organisation may be bad due to loose control.
- The relations between the superiors and subordinates may be bad. Close and informal relations may not be possible.
- There may be problems of team work because there are many subordinates under one manager.
- Flat organisation structure may create problems of coordination between various subordinates.
- Efficient and experienced superiors are required to manage a large number of subordinates.
- It may not be suitable for complex activities.
- The quality of performance may be bad.