I'm working on an application that allows a user to search through a directory of employees and display them within an org chart.

One way to view an employee is within the context of their whole department. For now, I'm referring to this as the "department chart".

Since some employees report to someone outside of their department, the other way to view an employee is with their immediate supervisor and their immediate subordinates only, regardless of department. I cannot for the life of me figure out what to call this view. I need a word or very short phrase that would describe where an employee sits between their supervisor and subordinates without getting confused with the view of the department hierarchy.


  • Hierarchy chart?
    – WS2
    May 19, 2016 at 20:20
  • @WS2 - that was one I thought of but would that be easily confused with the department hierarchy? May 19, 2016 at 20:21
  • Organisational structures? Here's a list of 8 types. If you could give an example, I could tell you what kind of structure it is.
    – NVZ
    May 19, 2016 at 20:29
  • @NVZ - Looking. May 19, 2016 at 20:33
  • @NVZ - It probably best fits either the Line or Divisional organizational structures. May 19, 2016 at 20:40

2 Answers 2


I ended up going with Chain of Command.

chain of command: a series of executive positions in order of authority

From Merriam-Webster.com


What about Dependency Chart

dependency: something dependent or subordinate

  • That's not bad. May 19, 2016 at 20:26
  • When I see the word "dependency", I don't know if I immediately think of the manager/employee relationship though. But not bad... May 19, 2016 at 20:28
  • I imagine both directions, i think it is about getting used to
    – Ed_
    May 19, 2016 at 20:29
  • Perhaps. I'll probably leave the question open for a while but I'll accept your answer if nobody posts anything better. Thank you! May 19, 2016 at 20:30
  • @TheIronCheek it's better to wait at least 2 days before accepting one. Because once it's accepted, nobody will bother answering this.
    – NVZ
    May 19, 2016 at 21:35

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