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Tall Organisational Structures



In its simplest form a tall organisation has many levels of management and supervision. There is a long chain of command running from the top of the organisation e.g. Chief Executive down to the bottom of the organisation e.g. shop floor worker. The diagram below neatly captures the concept of a tall structure.

Tall Structure Diagram
This diagram is an example tall organisational structure

How Many Levels Do Tall Structure Organisations Have

Tall structures rarely exceed 8 levels of management. This is firstly because the number of layers (i.e. management levels) decreases the span of control. Secondly the disadvantages of the tall structure begin to outweigh the advantages of a tall structure.

Advantages Of A Tall Organisations

Disadvantages Of A Tall Organisation


We hope you enjoyed this quick overview about tall structures. Click the links below to learn more about the different types of organisational structures.

  1. Organisational Structures
  2. Flat Structures
  3. Matrix Structure
  4. Hierarchical Structures
  5. Centralised Structures and decentralised Structures

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