Horizontal Organizational Structure

What is a Horizontal Organizational Structure?

A horizontal organizational structure is one that has only a few layers of management. Managers have a wider span of control with more subordinates in a flat structure, and there is usually a short chain of command. When using this structure, the communication pathway is short, which often results in faster, more effective communication. Smaller businesses or those with a more modern management style are more likely to use a flat organisational structure.

Horizontal Organizational Structure


What are the advantages of a Horizontal Organizational Structure?


What are the disadvantages of a Horizontal Organizational Structure?

  • Inadequate opportunities for advancement
  • Managers have a heavier workload.
  • Managers have a larger number of subordinates.
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