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Would a switch of the word 'assistant' and 'manager' cause differences in a universal corporate context?

In my opinion, assistant manager is just a rank below a manager. This seems to apply to manager assistant.

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see Dwight Schrute and Gareth Keenan for examples of manager's assistants, who are not assistant managers. –  Matt Эллен Nov 25 '11 at 10:10
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I'm of the opinion that assistant manager is a level below a manager, whereas a manager assistant is an assistant to the manager, and not necessarily just below in level to the manager. Manager assistant seems to be more close to secretary in rank.

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So the assistant manager is a just a sort of "deputy manager" (if you will) and the manager assistant is reminiscent of a secretary. One is a sub-manager and one is a sidekick? –  Rant Nov 26 '11 at 21:09
    
@Rant Well, that's another way of looking at it. People in different organisations might have different official designations for the same generic post. I'm sure that 'sidekick' wouldn't be an official designation in any sane organisation though! ;) –  Ambar Nov 28 '11 at 5:32
    
As a conclusion, I think Rant's comment have make Ambar answer more brighter. Marked as answer and +1 for Rant. –  Larry Morries Nov 29 '11 at 7:10
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