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English definition of “span of control”

span of control

noun [C]
the number of employees or ranks of employees for which a manager is responsible: Firms can improve the span of control by shifting more attention towards outsourcing. a vertical/horizontal/external span of control
(Definition of span of control from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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