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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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Assignment No 1
MGT 501

Mr. Latif is the CEO of the textile mill for the reason that the first duty is to greeting the fresh employee abroad. Mr.latif arranges to stay the justified employees. Mr. Harpoon grasps the line ability since they are making the choice HR finance and marketing grasp the staff ability for the reason that they give gives a view to line manger.
Line ability
Line ability is straight or major function of a department the line ability to express the work of secondary.
Line manger tasks are,
1. Appointment
2. Compass reading
3. Preparation
4. Staff influence
Staff ability conversely is an assistant function as it directs line mangers into performing.
They are more dedicated and therefore give advice to line authority.
Dissimilar between line influence and staff authority
The line authority straight and manage immediate subsidiary. The line authority has the correct to make conclusion. The line manger is the accountable the line functions. The staffs mangers are sanctioned to assist and advise line managers in achieve their essential objective. A HR manager has line authority in excess of the staff authority. HR department connected to HR management .Most line managers are accountable for
Line functions, coordination functions, and some staff purpose.

ye b nahi theek :P haroon among the ceo k hai aor latif jo hai wo line  authority ka director hai :D

Saba Shafiq Ajmi thanks for sharing..keep it up 

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Solution of Requirement

  1. In order to understand the given scenario better, it is important to understand the textile’s organizational structure and working methodology by different levels. Possible diagrammatic illustration is as under:-

 

 

 

  1. Identification of Type of Authority with Justification
    1. CEO.           He is the top most manager / person in the organization and is responsible for making the decisions without consulting / seeking permission from anybody. Therefore, CEO of this textile firm is enjoying the Line Authority. Line managers have a relationship with their employees from top to bottom. Line authority gives the privilege to the CEO to direct the work of his employees.
    2. Mr. Latif.     Mr. Latif being the middle manager between CEO and Finance and Marketing managers is using the right of both line as well as staff authorities. Once discussing with Mr. Haroon about the training needs of employees and convincing the CEO about the hiring requirement in his departments, is using Staff Authority. On the other hand he is using Line Authority when he was asking his Finance and Marketing managers to provide him the estimates of required manpower with type of knowledge, skills and abilities in them. By using the line authority he is getting the work done through both marketing and finance managers and by using the staff authority he is discussing / consulting with the CEO and Mr. Haroon (One of the Director) on different issues of his departments.
    3. Mr. Haroon.           Mr. Haroon again the middle manager between CEO and HRM manager is performing the roles of line as well as staff manager. He is exercising the Line Authority when directing / asking the HRM manager to make the training arrangements for the employees and then asking HRM manager to carryout necessary working on the employee’s performance appraisal at the end of the year. But when providing information on the dearth of employees issue to the CEO and later discussing the training needs for the employees is using the Staff Authority. All these functions of informing, advising CEO and discussing different issues are the functions of a staff manager. Staff manager’s role is to obey and assist the CEO.
    4. Financial, Marketing and HRM Managers.    All of these three managers are assisting both the directors to perform / execute different staff functions / jobs. They are continuously obeying their directors. Financial and Marketing managers are conforming to the instructions of Mr. Latif. On the other hand HRM manager is assisting Mr. Haroon in all HRM matters. In the given scenario, they all are implementing the Staff Authority.

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