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The hierarchical erosion effect

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Keywords: organisations, organisational development, hierarchical erosion, perception, organisational alignment

Whilst it is pretty obvious that organisations are a coalition of individuals, who, whilst coming together to coordinate their actions in order to further the aims of the organisation or company, many, if not all, of the individuals within an organisation will have their own interests, goals and perceptions. Further, many of the people within an organisation find that their own interests, goals and perceptions frequently compete and conflict with others’ interests, goals and perceptions.

Clearly, this has consequences for aligning and coordinating people’s efforts within an organisation and should be of considerable interest to leaders and managers. One area of research interest in this area that has not been systematically looked at is whether there are layers or commonalities of interests, goals and perceptions at different hierarchical levels within organisations.

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