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Unformatted text preview: Authority Authority is the formal and legitimate right of a manager to make decisions, issue orders, and allocate resources to achieve organizationally desired outcomes. A manager's authority is defined in his or her job description. Organizational authority has three important underlying principles: • Authority is based on the organizational position, and anyone in the same position has the same authority. • Authority is accepted by subordinates. Subordinates comply because they believe that managers have a legitimate right to issue orders. • Authority flows down the vertical hierarchy. Positions at the top of the hierarchy are vested with more formal authority than are positions at the bottom. In addition, authority comes in three types: • Line authority gives a manager the right to direct the work of his or her employees and make many decisions without consulting others. Line managers are always in charge of and make many decisions without consulting others....
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This note was uploaded on 11/18/2011 for the course MGMT 4375 taught by Professor Eixmann during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.
- Fall '11