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 '16 at 20:20
  • @WS2 - that was one I thought of but would that be easily confused with the department hierarchy? – TheIronCheek May 19 '16 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 '16 at 20:29
  • @NVZ - Looking. – TheIronCheek May 19 '16 at 20:33
  • @NVZ - It probably best fits either the Line or Divisional organizational structures. – TheIronCheek May 19 '16 at 20:40

I ended up going with Chain of Command.

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

From Merriam-Webster.com

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What about Dependency Chart

dependency: something dependent or subordinate

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  • That's not bad. – TheIronCheek May 19 '16 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... – TheIronCheek May 19 '16 at 20:28
  • I imagine both directions, i think it is about getting used to – Eduardo Hernández May 19 '16 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! – TheIronCheek May 19 '16 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 '16 at 21:35

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