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English definition of “reporting line”

reporting line

noun [C]
 
 
HR, WORKPLACE, MANAGEMENT
[usually plural] used to refer to the way that employees have a manager, that manager is the responsibility of another manager, etc.: The departmental restructuring included changes in reporting lines. The project needs clearer reporting lines. We need to review the structure, shorten reporting lines, and reallocate responsibilities.
have a reporting line to sb/sth to be managed directly by a person or group of people: The post has a direct reporting line to senior management.
(Definition of reporting line from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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