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The Flatter Organizational Structure

Todd Lovejoy

Todd Lovejoy is an experienced business executive and entrepreneur who holds a degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara. An expert in Total Quality Management, Todd Lovejoy serves as the founder of TAL Management Services, where he helps business to incorporate effective organizational structures in addition to providing other consulting services.

Organizational structures provide a framework that businesses can use to structure tasks, management, and other activities. Through these structures, organizational units such as individual employees and departments can be assigned responsibilities and managed more effectively. Several types of organizational structures exist. These include the traditional hierarchy, flat organizations, flatarchies, holacratic organizations, and flatter organizations.

A flatter structure is designed to enhance lines of communication by removing some of the organizational layers between decision makers. In addition, lines of communication flow up the organizational hierarchy rather than just down. This information flow helps to encourage collaboration, innovation, and employee satisfaction. To be successful, flatter organizations require technology that enables virtual teamwork at all times and a management philosophy that emphasizes service to the employee.

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