wider and narrow span of controlWatch
can anyone give a detailed explanation regarding span of control for business studies unit 2
'This is the number of subordinates for whom a manager has direct responsibility.'
What that basically means is that, in a business you have a hierarchy of different people with different power levels and responsibilities. What span of control means here is basically the number of people a manager looks after/is in charge of.
In a Flat structure we get a wide span of control meaning each individual manager is in charge of many different people.
In a Tall structure it is the opposite, there are multiple different layers of ranks with each individual person being in charge of less people.
Flat structure - Small Businesses, Tall structure - Big Businesses.
If there is a higher span of control, the time spent on each individual worker is reduced as they will have a higher workload.
If there is a low span of control, the time spent on each individual worker is greater usually meaning the quality of each employees work will be greater. (That's why it is adopted by big business).
Having a lower span of control is usually a lot more expensive as there are more high pay wages for the business to pay out. This is why small businesses usually have a high span of control in their organisational structures.