The Relationship between Organization Size and Supervision Ratio

Indik, Bernard P.
December 1964
Administrative Science Quarterly;Dec64, Vol. 9 Issue 3, p301
Academic Journal
The structure of organizations has long been of interest to students of administration. Parkinson's observation of the disproportionate increase of "chiefs" to "Indians," as organizations increase in size, is not supported by the data presented in this paper. We have found in the five sets of organizations studied here that the relationship between organization unit size and supervision ratio is logarithmic in form and negative in slope. Several reasons for this finding are suggested and explored; no rationale, however, has yet been experimentally proven.


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