chapter  I
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The Illusion of Final Authority

The most fundamental idea in business today, that which is permeating our whole thinking on business organisation, is that of function. Every man performs a function or part of a function. Research and scientific study determine function in scientifically managed plants. I think a man should have just as much, no more and no less, authority as goes with his function or his task. People talk about the limit of authority when it would be better to speak of the definition of task.