The flat hierarchy – why it isn’t always a good thing
If you ask the Danes what they like about their business culture, they’re sure to mention the flat hierarchy.
What they mean is that a management pyramid that might have ten or more layers in a hierarchical country like Japan has only two or three layers in Denmark.
The flat hierarchy is a virtue born of necessity: salaries are high in Denmark, so middle managers are expensive.
And because Danes aren’t supervised or monitored as much as Americans, middle management isn’t as necessary.