The hierarchy vs team dichotomy is a classic debate in organization studies. Proponents of participatory management have criticized hierarchy as an obstacle to efficient communication, motivation, and learning, while those who have defended hierarchy view it as indispensable for large organizations.
A similar debate exists in the Church, where there is long tradition of participatory vs hierarchical modes of governance. What is the right balance between hierarchy (clergy) and participation (of the laity)? Can hierarchy and teamwork coexist and leverage from each other? Is there a theology of hierarchy and a theology of "inverted hierarchy"? How to avoid the pitfalls of both organizational models as suggested by organization science?
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