Span of Control and Unity of Command: Definition & Examples


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What's the BEST explanation of the term 'span of control'?

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1. What's the BEST explanation of the term 'unity of command'?

2. Sharon is considering going from managing 50 people to taking on a job overseeing five people working on a very technical project working with small parts. What would be her span of control?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Taking a look at these terms common in the military and certain businesses, this quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your knowledge of span of control and unity of command. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding the best explanation of span of control as well as the best description of unity of command.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Span of control
  • Unity of command
  • Factors affecting span of control

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding the factors affecting span of control and interpret it correctly
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related span of control lesson
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the definition of unity of command

Additional Learning

To learn more about who you should report to, review the corresponding lesson on Span of Control and Unity of Command: Definition & Examples. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand what a manager's span of control is
  • Identify the main factors of a manager's area of responsibility
  • Describe the characteristics of the unity of command principle
  • Explain how the principle creates better efficiency
  • Appreciate why having only one manager helps the employee