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SEMESTER SPRING 2013
HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
ASSIGNMENT NO. 01
DUE DATE: 02 MAY 2013
MARKS: 20
Topic: Line v/s Staff Authority
Learning Objectives:

To help the students practically understand difference between Line and Staff Authority; and the specific and overlapping roles of Line and Staff Managers
Scenario:
Mr. Latif and Mr. Haroon both are directors in a textile firm. The CEO of the firm is convinced by Mr. Latif that hiring is required in his departments of Finance and Marketing. Mr. Latif asked Marketing manager and Finance manager to estimate the minimum number of vacancies that should be filled in order to well accommodate the need of the departments. The estimated number was 9, but Mr. Latif decided to forward the requirement of only 7 new employees to keep the cost minimum. The CEO talked to Mr. Haroon about the dearth of employees and asked him to check if the requirement and the number of minimum vacancies are justified. Mr. Latif then asked the Finance and Marketing Managers to specify the KSAs (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities) the candidates needed to have. The hiring process took place after which both Latif and Haroon arranged for orientation of the newly hired 7 employees.
Later in the year, Mr. Latif was informed by the Finance and Marketing managers about the training requirement for few new employees. He discussed the training needs of the employees with Mr. Haroon. Mr. Haroon discussed the required training with the CEO and asked the HR manager to make arrangements for the training after approval from the CEO. The training was outsourced.
Now the time for yearly appraisal was around. Marketing and Finance managers apprised the employees of their respective departments and sent results to Mr. Latif for approval. He then forwarded it to Mr. Haroon for further working of the HR department on the performance appraisal.
Question: Keeping in view the given scenario, you are required to identify and justify who among the CEO, HR, Finance and Marketing managers, along with Mr. Latif and Mr. Haroon holds staff authority and who holds line authority.
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line authority has aright to make a decision and to gives order to its subordinates

so the CEO has a line authority

Mr.latiff : line authority

staff authority has a right to gives advice

so the HR staff authority

MR. Haroon is line manager towards the finance and marketing manager MR Harron also staff manager because he assist the CEO

marketing and finanace manager : staff authority

Line Authority

 Line authority entitles a manager to direct the work of an employee. It is the employer – employee authority relationship that extends from top to bottom.

 In other words we can add here the authority that have rights to make decisions & give order to under supervision staff. We can  also say that a  chain of  commands who providing the decisions required for functioning.

 Staff Authority

 Staff managers have staff authority. A manager’s function is classified as line or staff based on the organization’s objectives. In the simple meanings the staff authority is that authority which bound to obey and assist to line authority.

 It implies to those elements that help the line authorities.

 WHO HOLD LINE AUTHORITY?

 If we analyze above definitions we will easily under stand that CEO, Mr. Latif and Mr. Haroon holds Line authorities. Because Board of directors, CEO and all managers holds top management designations. Because they all have to right making decisions about staff, they are on the top in the hierarchy of big organizations, they are looking employees from bottom to top. The staff managers are reported to top management.

 WHO HOLD STAFF AUTHORITY?

 There is mention in given scenario in the assignment about Board of Directors as per my under standings while Board of Directors are always responsible to achieve desire business goal and performance and other managers like Manager Finance , Manager Marketing , Manager HR responsible for operational activities and they help and assist to Line managers because HR managers are generally staff managers. So we can say that Mr.Haroon, Manager Finance, Manager marketing is holding staff authorities.

 Who among the CEO, HR, Finance and Marketing managers?

 In the light of all readings and whole justification we can say that duties and responsibilities of CEO, HR, Finance and Marketing managers are different to each others because these are also vary to one organization to an other organization if we need to know exact the person who among the CEO , HR,FM, and MM , The very special person is “ Chairman” which is not mentioning here in whole scenario.

 If you need exact line of control then you have to go on Organizational hierarchy which shows who will report to whom.

Who among the CEO, HR, Finance and Marketing managers.

what is answer of this question sir tariq

SOLUTION IDEA:

What is the different between line and staff authority?
Line authority – in which individuals in management positions have the formal power to direct and control immediate subordinates.

Staff authority – granted to staff specialists in their areas of expertise. Narrower than line authority and includes the right to advise, recommend, and counsel in the staff specialists’ area of expertise. It is a communication relationship with management. It has an influence that derives indirectly from line authority at a higher level. and take a human resource manager as an instance

A HR manager has line authority over the staff of the HR department and staff authority to support , assist , and advise mangers of other Departments in matters related to HR management

Line authority
Line authority or function is a Direct or main function of an individual or department. It involves Direct and Legitimate Authority over subordinates. It decides what to do, and when to do it. eg., Production for a Manufacturing company.

Staff Authority
Staff Authority on the other hand is an assistant function as it guides line managers or functions into performing a specific activity. They are more specialized and therefore provide advice to Line authority. eg., Human Resource (HR) for a Manufacturing company.
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mr latif,ceo and hr manager are line managers bcs they are making the final decision.
mr haroon,finance & marketing manger are staff managers bcs when they plan something they first get approval and then start the working.
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Mr. latif CEO mr Haroon holds line authority because they are making decesion and HR , finance and marketing managers holds staff authority because they give advise to line managers and assist for approval.

Line authority
Line authority or function is a Direct or main function of an individual or department. It involves Direct and Legitimate Authority over subordinates. It decides what to do, and when to do it. eg., Production for a Manufacturing company.

Staff Authority
Staff Authority on the other hand is an assistant function as it guides line managers or functions into performing a specific activity. They are more specialized and therefore provide advice to Line authority. eg., Human Resource (HR) for a Manufacturing company.

Line authority - in which individuals in management positions have the formal power to direct and control immediate subordinates.
Staff authority - granted to staff specialists in their areas of expertise. Narrower than line authority and includes the right to advise, recommend, and counsel in the staff specialists' area of expertise. It is a communication relationship with management. It has an influence that derives indirectly from line authority at a higher level.
and take a human resource manager as an instance
A HR manager has line authority over the staff of the HR department and staff authority to support , assist , and advise mangers of other Departments in matters related to HR management

Line authority
Line authority or function is a Direct or main function of an individual or department. It involves Direct and Legitimate Authority over subordinates. It decides what to do, and when to do it. eg., Production for a Manufacturing company.

Staff Authority
Staff Authority on the other hand is an assistant function as it guides line managers or functions into performing a specific activity. They are more specialized and therefore provide advice to Line authority. eg., Human Resource (HR) for a Manufacturing company.


What is the different between line and staff authority?
Line authority - in which individuals in management positions have the formal power to direct and control immediate subordinates.
Staff authority - granted to staff specialists in their areas of expertise. Narrower than line authority and includes the right to advise, recommend, and counsel in the staff specialists' area of expertise. It is a communication relationship with management. It has an influence that derives indirectly from line authority at a higher level.
and take a human resource manager as an instance
A HR manager has line authority over the staff of the HR department and staff authority to support , assist , and advise

my dear friends finally we can conclude that the C.E.O of the firm possess the line manger position by taking final decision and directors of the firm played both line manager and staff manger role and hold both line authority and staff authority and too by giving instructions to different departments managers and by assisting the C.E.O they shown line authority and staff authority respectively.

the finance,marketing and hr departments mangers posses only staff mangers position and hold staff authority by assisting the line manger.. 

am i right>>>>????? or ................ right...

yes yew are right.. :) 


justify who among the CEO, HR, Finance and Marketing managers iska ans kia hoga?????

justify who among the CEO, HR, Finance and Marketing managers iska ans kia hoga????
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Confusion peda kr rhay hai sarey koi line authority keh rhay tu koi Staff authority keh rhay hai? EXACT HAI BATEY WALA KOI YAHA PE JO 1 HE POINT PE MUTAFIK HO?

 mein hoon na 

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