Meaning of “top-down” in the English Dictionary


"top-down" in Business English

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top-downadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˌtɒpˈdaʊn/ us /ˈtɑːp-/ MANAGEMENT

starting from the highest levels or from the most general ideas of an organization, system, plan, etc.:

Staff were not happy with the top-down approach to managment of the new CEO.
The attempt to impose top-down decisions was resisted at every level.
This report follows a top-down model in its assessment of the problems we face.

(Definition of “top-down” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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