This organization chart illustrates a hybrid organization of centralized and decentralized authority.
In an organization that is centralized the decision-making power is at the top. Middle managers have operating authority delegated from the top and employees at the lower level operate at the directions of the top level of the organization. There is a wide variety of line positions. A line position is directly involved in the day-to-day operations. Line managers make the majority of the decisions and direct line personnel to achieve company goals.
In a decentralized organization, there is a systematic delegation of authority at all levels of management and in all of the organization. Subordinates have an increased role in decision making. Usually decisions are delegated by dollar limits. Top management retains the authority to make major decisions.