5 main Demerits of Line Organisation
(1) Lack of Specialisation:
Line executives are required to perform a number of functions – relating to their departments. No one person can be left at all the jobs and for that reason specialists should be placed in departments to handle different jobs.
Line executives do not have staff assistance. So, as the scale of the firm increases, line executives would find their task more and more burdensome. When a job is burdensome, it will lead to slackness and inefficiency.
Line executives have sweeping powers relating to their area of activity. This is likely to have a corrupting influence. They might demand absolute obedience to their plans, instructions and orders. Even creative suggestions might irritate their sense of authoritarianism.
(4) Lack of initiative:
A dictatorial attitude of the line executives and the emergence of a group of flatterers would have a crippling effect on the initiative, creativity and cooperation of the workers.
(5) Lack of stability:
Line organisation tends to become personality based. A powerful personality is helpful in building up the organisation. But were he to be away from the organisation it would leave a vacuum.