Mixed organization chart


A mixed organization chart uses two forms of representation, the vertical type to show the hierarchy of the company and the horizontal type for the departments.

Therefore, we can say that it combines the two types of representation. On the one hand the vertical form, which allows observing the levels of authority and on the other, the horizontal one, which provides information on the corresponding sections at the same level. This type of organization chart is the most indicated in large companies.

On the other hand, it has an advantage (related to its mixed nature) and that is that it allows large companies to represent their structure and organization in a simple way. In addition, by combining two types of organization charts it offers visual clarity.But every advantage hides a disadvantage, being of a mixed type, its creation contains a certain complexity and can be difficult to design.

How to make a mixed organization chart

In this case, as we have mentioned, there is some complexity. For this reason, the recommendations that serve others, such as climbing or circular, become even more important. Let's see the most relevant.

  • You have to know exactly what you want to represent. We are using two types of flowchart in one. Therefore, we must be clear about what we want and not complicate it too much, since it would be difficult to design.
  • On the one hand, we must decide what levels of authority we are going to have, in order to represent the hierarchical or vertical part.
  • On the other, which departments will depend on each level, to be able to carry out the horizontal type. This step is essential to avoid being visually confusing.
  • Finally, you have to choose a format that is simple, useful and attractive. In this case, as with others such as analytical, applications can be useful. There are several to work online or add-ins such as Excel's SmarArt.

Example of a mixed organization chart

Let's look at an example. Let's imagine a company, in this case we have a cookie factory. In it there are three levels of hierarchy, the general direction with its support departments, the area directions, such as purchasing or sales, and the departments of each direction. Let's see what the organization chart would be like.

We can see that the mixed organization chart uses the two types of design, vertical for hierarchies and horizontal for departments. On the other hand, it can be seen that, by expanding the number of levels, it becomes too complicated from a visual point of view. Therefore, it is necessary to know in a concise way what we are going to include in it.

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