How to Create an Organizational Chart With Partners

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An organizational chart reflects the chain of management and responsibility within a company. Organizational charts that reflect partnerships provide investors and employees with a clear understanding of who is truly running the company. Certain functions, such as finance, should be jointly managed within the company to prevent potential accounting fraud. The benefit of partnerships is that each one can bring different areas of responsibility to the table. The separate functionality of each partner makes creating an organizational chart a less daunting task.

An organizational chart reflects the chain of management and responsibility within a company. Organizational charts that reflect partnerships provide investors and employees with a clear understanding of who is truly running the company. Certain functions, such as finance, should be jointly managed within the company to prevent potential accounting fraud. The benefit of partnerships is that each one can bring different areas of responsibility to the table. The separate functionality of each partner makes creating an organizational chart a less daunting task.

Define each partner's area of responsibility. Designate which departments, functions and employees fall under each area of responsibility. Confirm where any overlaps occur. Confirm areas that are jointly managed by the partners.

Establish the anticipated size of your organizational chart. Large organizations may wish to list only departments and department managers in their main organizational charts. Smaller organizations with fewer employees may wish to list all positions.

Confirm which software you will use to create your organization chart. Some word processing software offers organizational chart templates wherein the boxes can be reorganized and manipulated to create different organizational structures. Most word processing software allows you to add text boxes that can be arranged on the page to create an organizational chart, though this is not the most efficient method.

Establish boxes for each position. Arrange the boxes so that partner positions are equally spaced, at the same height on the page and the same size. Draw a line between the two boxes. Write the name of each partner, his title and function in the box. Under each partner's box, add another line that extends to boxes representing positions, departments, functions and employees that the partner is specifically responsible for managing. One partner may, for example, be solely responsible for operations management and the other for marketing and sales. Both top partners should oversee the accounting function.

Establish a joint line of responsibility that extends from the connecting line between the partner's boxes. This line should connect to the departments and functions that are jointly managed by the partners.

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