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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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CEO holds line authority because he is taking decisions and tell employees what to do and when to do.

Mr. latif, Mr.Haroon both are line managers because

they are authorized to direct the work of subordinate and they have following responsibilities which they have fulfilled in the given scenario

  • orientation
  • training

i think the same...

MGT501 Assignment No 01 Solution Spring 2013 (02-05-2013)

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.


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.
yai meri thinking hai but mai sure nahi hoon kay yai right hai ya wrong 



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.

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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.


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

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Introduction

To answering the question in given scenario would be easier if it is to understand how experts define staff and line authorities in business context. The definitions for both terms are given as:

Staff authority

Authority is to right to instruct or command however the staff authority is defined by Daniel (2008) as the authority that helps to assist, support and advise the people who contain the line authority. Staff authority is consulted when the line authorities have to take any decision about the working of different departments.

Line authority

According to Daniel (2008) line authority is elemental authority that exists in any organization by reflecting the superior-subordinate relationships. The authority decides for department issues in order to achieve the necessary tasks, targets and goals for organizations e.g. production, finance and sales decisions. The authority directly involves in managerial issues.

Decision for Line and Staff authorities

Marketing, sales, finance, production, HR and all other departments that exist in organization have their department managers who lead their departments and staff for meeting the departmental targets. They are considered as the line managers of each department because they direct their staff to accomplish their jobs hence the department goals.

The given case indicates in hiring matter CEO and directors (Latif and Haroon) have been assisted by departmental managers in order to assess KSAs (knowledge, skills and abilities), affordable cost and right number of employees hence both directors and CEO to be considered as line authority because they took the final decision of hiring right numbers of employees with right competencies. However, department managers (Marketing and Finance managers) assisted them to make the right decisions hence they hold the staff authority. Similarly the training and appraisal both matters have been approved and conducted after the final approval of CEO and directors by the help of HR and department managers that separates the line and staff authorities clearly.

Reference

  • Daniel S. (2008). Management Innovation. Prentice Hall, London. 

Solution:

 

Line Authority:

Line authority is that authority that right to make the decisions and to give orders to subordinates.

For Example: CEO

 

Staff Authority:

Staff authority is that authority that right to advice or assist to line authority.

HRM also staff authority.

In this scenario which is mentioned in assignment Mr. Haroon performed the duty of CEO and Mr. Latif performed the duty  of HR, Finance and Marketing manager, and also Mr. Haroon hold the line authority and Mr. Latif hold the staff authority. 

Please tell me am i right or not?

tariq bhai plz tell  jb hm assignment bnaen gy tu us mein bi line and staaf authority ki defination likhen gy kia

nahi yr defination q likhni h bhala.... just unki authorities btani hain, 

plz koi bi bta dy na

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