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Chain of command The  chain of command  is an unbroken line of authority that links all persons in an organization and  defines who reports to whom. This chain has two underlying principles: unity of command and scalar  principle.  Unity of command:  This principle states that an employee should have one and only  one supervisor to whom he or she is directly responsible. No employee should report to two  or more people. Otherwise, the employee may receive conflicting demands or priorities from  several supervisors at once, placing this employee in a no-win situation.  Sometimes, however, an organization deliberately breaks the chain of command, such as  when a project team is created to work on a special project. In such cases, team members  report to their immediate supervisor and also to a team project leader. Another example is 
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  • Fall '11
  • successively higher levels, scalar principle, Slow decision making, clearly defined line, immediate district supervisor, sales representative reports

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