Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Authority (19) - Power Sturctures

In the world system, power and authority are imposed from above.

The spheres represent people. The lines represent the authority or control. The spheres in the darker colour exercise imposed authority. The person at the top has the greatest authority. The three people at the next level down hold delegated authority.

This type of structure is widespread in the modern world. It is appropriate in the business world, because the people who chose to work for a business agree to submit to the authority of those who manage the business. Hierarchal structures are not appropriate in most other areas of life.

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