Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/162344
Authors: 
Smeets, Valerie
Year of Publication: 
2017
Citation: 
[Journal:] IZA World of Labor [ISSN:] 2054-9571 [Year:] 2017 [Issue:] 333
Abstract: 
Managers are supervising more and more workers, and firms are getting flatter. However, not all firms have been keen on increasing the number of subordinates that their bosses manage (referred to as the “span of control” in human resource management), contending that there are limits to leveraging managerial ability. The diversity of firms’ organizational structure suggests that no universal rule can be applied. Identifying the factors behind the choice of firms’ internal organization is crucial and will help firms properly design their hierarchy and efficiently allocate scarce managerial resources within the organization.
Subjects: 
hierarchies
span of control
assignment
learning
knowledge
human resource management practices
JEL: 
M5
M54
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Article

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