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A reverse hierarchy is a conceptual organizational structure that attempts to "invert" the classical pyramid of hierarchical organisations. The concept was pioneered by the total quality management movement.
The reverse hierarchy promotes the idea that the most important employees are those who deal daily with the organisations' customers, i.e. those who would normally be at the "bottom" of the hierarchy. It is then the role of supervisors and managers (normally "higher" in the hierarchy) to support these employees and to remove the obstacles that hinder them in satisfying their customers' needs. Thus the "more senior" people are actually "lower" in the inverted pyramid, as they have more people to support.
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