How to Make a Concentric Organizational Chart

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A concentric organizational chart is used to represent a company’s structure and corporate hierarchy. Although there are pros and cons involving the use of organizational charts, concentric charts alleviate common problems associated with the typical structure. While the main goal of an organizational chart is to provide a blueprint of the layers of management and work divisions, the circular structure of the concentric chart diverges from the traditional top-down approach to management.

Steps

Make a list of your organization’s personnel and place them in categories according to the level of management. If your company uses cross-functional teams, you can include a list the employees and the different processes in which they are involved.

Draw a wheel shape on a piece of paper or use a computer program to do so. Draw the shape so it has a small circle in the center along with surrounding outer circles representing each layer of management or level of employees.

Place the business owner or CEO’s name in the center circle. Put the names of those in senior management on the next tier, followed by those in middle management on the next tier with the outer tier making up the team leaders. Branch out and include a tier for team members if necessary.

Connect the individuals represented on the chart to show the main lines of outward moving communication. For instance, the CEO oversees the senior management of the different departments, like accounting, advertising or operations. These department heads in tunr manage middle management, who oversees the team leaders.

Tips

  • Take advantage of fewer layers of management and promote more open communication with less concern over an individual’s status in the company.

Warnings

  • Do not allow insubordination to occur while trying to encourage flatter and more open lines of communication within the organization.

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In 2003, Kelly Thomas began creating newspaper ads, business brochures and cards for local businesses. Her work has appeared in the "Ludington Daily News." In 2005, she graduated with her Bachelor of Applied Arts in business management from Davenport University.

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