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Differences Between Vertical and Horizontal Org Chart

vertical org chartFigure 1. Vertical Org Chart


horizontal org chartFigure 2. Horizontal Org Chart


Org chart can be classified as two types: vertical and horizontal, basing on approach of layout.  A vertical org chart looks like a pyramid. At the top is CEO or company president and then each segment consists of series middle management and its manager who are responsible for their departments respectively. However a horizontal org chart has no middle management where lots of workers are made to report to one manager. It’s also called flat org chat. These two types of org charts are very different. This article is going to explain differences between them on aspects of decision-making, collaboration and communication.



In a vertical org chart, decision is made by the top management and descended down to employees through the hierarchy. Employees are required to follow orders and guidance from the upper level to do complete the tasks. But in a horizontal org chart, employees can make decision in their daily operation and only have to ask for instruction when it comes to some large issues. Most of the time, staffers are driven by not the manager’s command but company’s goal.



In vertical org chart, since decision is made by the upper level and flows down to employees, collaboration can only occur in some formal occasions like meeting. In horizontal org chart, employees have rights to make decision during the daily operation therefore collaboration tends to happen more organically. Employees are more accessible to acquaintance with each other in order to produce collaborative solutions.



Communication in vertical org chart is mainly to occur within in departments or between department members and managers. It can be slowed down by rigid structure. But communication in a horizontal org chart can be easier to flow down from one department to another.

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Horizontal Org Chart Templates

Horizontal org chart is a type of org chart that is set horizontally which is opposite of vertical org chart. Horizontal org chart has just the same function as other org charts do except the approach of layout. Of course, you can turn a horizontal org chart into a vertical easily by changing the layout. When we make an org chart with fewer levels, it does not matter whether it is horizontal or vertical. Whoever if the org chart has many layers, it’s better to make it horizontal than vertical for high readability as well as good-looking appearance. Besides there are more types of org chart like matrix org chart and functional org chart.

Here we present several horizontal org chart templates:

horizontal org chart

horizontal org chart

horizontal org chart

More horizontal org chart templates lies in Org Chart Creator. You can down it to view them.




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