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The Diagrams Book by Kevin Duncan

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42  THE ORGANIZATION CHART: HOW NOT TO DO IT

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• This is a chart I was once given to ‘explain’ how an advertising agency worked with an international client. If anybody can understand how it works, do please get in touch.

• Organization charts are a major culprit when it comes to the golden rule of diagrams – that their primary purpose is to clarify and inform.

• This diagram has a number of faults.

• First, it contains 11 circles, which is too much.

• Second, it contains 12 arrows, which is also too much.

• Third, it contains circles within a circle, for no apparent reason.

• Fourth, it contains dotted lines, which always cause confusion.

• Fifth, ...

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