Differentiating Manager Roles in Hierarchical Enterprise Organizations Globally

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Differentiating Manager Roles in Hierarchical Enterprise Organizations Globally

Key Takeaways

Introduction

This brief provides highlights on the roles of managers serving at different levels in some companies that have hierarchical functional structures. These companies were selected from lists of the best companies to work for globally. The information provided showed that there was no duplication of roles among the managers in the companies outlined here.

The Best Companies to Work For

Lululemon Athletica

McKinsey & Company

Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

  • BCG is a management consulting company that was founded in 1963 and its head office is in Boston, Massachusetts. BCG works with leaders of organizations across the globe to tackle their key challenges and harness their greatest opportunities. The company supports its clients to become competitive by adopting transformational leadership approaches.
  • BCG’s consulting strategy includes providing leading-edge management consulting, technology & design, and corporate & digital ventures. The company's management levels from top to bottom are partner, principal, project leader, and consultant.
  • According to Preplounge, partners at BCG are expected to have excellent skills for problem-solving, people leadership, coaching, client leadership, and the ability to set commercial targets.
  • Principals at BCG work immediately below partners. BCG highlighted that principals are directly involved in client engagements and are the key drivers of client value. Client value involves causing the clients to change their mindsets and take action that makes the clients run their businesses in new ways.
  • Google reported that BCG’s project leader’s roles include preparing presentations, overseeing external relationships, providing status reports, and overseeing budgets.
  • Details on BCG managers' roles can be found here.

Research Strategy

  • To determine the best companies to work for, your research team made an in-depth study of the information provided on the websites of companies that conduct employee reviews, including Glassdoor and MBA Crystalball. The team then checked the information provided on the websites of the top companies listed among the best employers to find those that had a hierarchical management structure. We selected three among the top employers that had a hierarchical management structure, including Lululemon, McKinsey, and BCG. The team went ahead to study the information provided on the websites of companies that report on companies' organograms, for example, MBA Crystalball and eFinancialCareers.
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