The scalar principle states that a clear and unbroken chain of command should link every person in the organization with someone at a level higher


The scalar principle states that a clear and unbroken chain of command should link every person in the organization with someone at a level higher, all the way to the top of the organization. The basic idea is that each individual in organization should be able to identify his/her boss and trace the line of authority through the organization all the way to the top position. This principle helps employees to determine to whom they must go if they have a problem and also to whom they are responsible. Its relationship can be viewed as a series of subordinate / superior relationships. It starts form the bottom of the organization and progressing up to the top, the managerial chain of command can be viewed as a pyramid. Each subordinate is or should be subject to the direct command of only one superior.