hierarchy of authority

(noun) “[A] clear chain of command found in a bureaucracy” (OpenStax College 2012).

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: hierarchy of authorities
  • Also informally called pecking order.

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OpenStax College. 2012. Formal Organizations. Connexions, June 12, 2012. (http://cnx.org/content/m42833/1.3/).