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la ths course of this study tfa® operations ■
of two group* of i stores (1$0 to 175 saployees)
la towns of spproximetsly the sens slss nit
saslyved* la oae group ths msaagers hsd orgsaissd
their stores with «a sssistsnt nsasger and soas
thirty aerohsndise asaagers ia eharge of storo
departsaats* Xa snothsr group tho stores were
orgsaissd aloag aore eoaveatioaal liaas, with sa
extra level of aaaageasat bstwsoa ths storo aaa-
sgors and tho departaeat hasds* Studios of ssXos
voluae, profit* morale, and low®r msiiagem®nt com-
pote n«« sXX ladiestsd thst ths storos with tho
•fist* typo of orgsais s tioa ws rs suporior oa sXX
sooros to those more conventionally organised,
• • • the storo aeaager, kaowing that ho hsd
to dologsto oonsidereble authority, took grostsr
eare la selecting, guiding, sad trsiaiag his eub-
ordiastos sad sXso fouad it aooosssry to sdopt
sffioisat asthods of objective control w«r pox**
Za addition, the Soars study fouad thst re*
duoiag ths Xsagth of channels rssulted ia vsstly
improved ®©i«tial@iitl©a botweea tho storo aaasgsv
sad his subordinates, despite the preseaoe of so
■say subordinate aaaagerev7
There srs three aaia reasons for limitiag spsa of con-
trol. Piret, ss subordiaste managers are added, aa iaoroass
wiXX result aot oaly ia dlreet relationships, but there wiXX
be aa iaoreaaiag amount of oross-relstionships betweea group
asabers* Second, aaaagere have a limited at tea tioa epaa that
sake* it iapossibls to do sa adsqusts job of supervieioa aftsr
a sertaia point. Piaslly, there ie aa iadioatioa thst sddiag
more subordiaste aaasgsrs assns they will be gsographicslly
dispsrsed sad heaes bs corns ineressingly diffisult to supsrvlss*
fher# srs, however, nuasrous tendeaeies towsrd extending
aansgerisl spsa of control or laereasiag ths auaber of sub-
ordiaste asnsgsrs reporting to thsir superior* It is a
Kooats and 0>Donne11, 2&* Sll* WP* 98-99*
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Kirkpatrick, Thomas O. Decentralization of Managerial Authority, thesis, 1958; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc107985/m1/32/: accessed January 17, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .