Definition: Decentralization is the process of transferring and assigning decision making authority to lower levels of an organizational hierarchy.
Can be achieved 'via the organization chart' or by delegation.
In a decentralized organization, the decision-making has been moved to lower levels or tiers of the organization, such as divisions, branches, departments or subsidiaries.
Knowledge, information and ideas are flowing from the bottom to the top of the organization.
Is the opposite of centralization.
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