Unity of Command

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The unity of command principle states that an employee should have one and only one supervisor to whom he or she directly reports. No employee should report to two or more supervisor since each supervisor has their own priorities. Sometimes, an organization deliberately breaks the chain of command, for example when a one-off project team is created. In such cases, team members report to their immediate supervisor and also to a team project leader. But for the most part, best management practices dictate one supervisor per employee.


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