Meaning of “reporting line” in the English Dictionary

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reporting linenoun [ C ]

uk us 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.:

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:

(Definition of “reporting line” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)