Palle Ellemann Consulting

Hierarchies are falling
Palle Ellemann in The Work Style Magazine Nr. 8 2011.


Hierarchical structures hamper the per- sonal initiative and drive, and decision- making can be slow when issues have to be pushed upwards in the organization in order to reach a decision. Additionally, decisions are often made by those less qualified, because top leaders don’t have first-hand knowledge about what should be decided. For the past 20 to 30 years, many companies have tried to reduce the rigidity of hierarchy by cutting down on the number of management layers, em- powering people on the frontlines to make decisions, and changing the man- agement style to become more supportive of the individual initiative and focused on staff development.

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