Definition: Delegation is the process of transfering decision making authority and reponsibility from one person (the delegator, manager) working at a certain organizational level to another (the delgatee, employee) at a lower level, typically for specific tasks or projects.
Depending on the level of D, the delgatee has the authority to react to situations without referring back to the delegator and also has the responsibility.
Advantages of proper delegation include relieving the delegator, employee motivation, management development and a more equitable and efficient distribution of work.
If an organization uses delegation a lot, this is called decentralization. See also Management by Exception.
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