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hierarchy

noun [C]
 
 
/ˈhaɪərɑːki/ (plural hierarchies)
a system in which the people within a company or organization are organized into levels according to the authority they have: Every organization has a hierarchy, and trying to understand that, and the systems and processes of the organization, is important.corporate/management/organizational/political, etc. hierachy Many kinds of work are more easily and cheaply managed in corporate hierarchies than by individuals doing deals in the market.
the people in the upper levels of a company or organization who control it: When the recommendations had been submitted and approved by the hierarchy, teams were established to manage the process of implementing them. → See also Maslow's hierarchy of needs
(Definition of hierarchy from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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