Liaison in Management: Definition & Explanation


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1. Which of the following most closely matches the liaison role description?

2. Lieutenant Lee is responsible for supervising a team of hot-shot fighter pilots. Today he breaks up a fight between two privates, negotiates additional leave for his star pilot, meets with his commander to share officers' club scuttlebutt about new government training requirements, saves $20,000 by ordering a simple repair rather than a whole new part for the X-9000 Viper, and gives a pep-talk to his team. Which, if any, of these activities is most likely part of the liaison role?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help check your understanding of the lesson on liaisons in management. Some of the details that you will be assessed on include the aspects of a liaison's role.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • A liaison's role and purpose in a managerial setting
  • Describe what a liaision does
  • Managerial roles according to Mintzberg

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on liaisons in management
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of managerial liaisons
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the role of a liaison and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Mintzberg's managerial roles

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson called Liaison In Management: Definition & Explanation. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand Mintzberg's three management categories
  • Identify the liaison's role in management
  • Recognize the effect and impact of a liaison in action
  • Identify the liaison's role within an organization