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What is a Hierarchy Chart?


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A hierarchy chart shows a directed link between two or more elements. A directed link is just a relationship where the connection flows from top to bottom.

Types of hierarchy charts

There are many hierarchies in every field. We will focus on two business examples: company hierarchy charts and management hierarchy charts.

A company hierarchy chart shows the ownership relationship between investors and one or more companies.

A management hierarchy chart shows the reporting relationships among managers and employees.

Hierarchy information

Every hierarchy chart has two elements: a card and a link.

The card is the rectangle on the canvas that represents an entity or person.

A link is the line that connects two cards. In a hierarchy chart, the link is always directed top to bottom. One card owns, manages, or controls another card. The link shows that relationship.


With cards and links you can make a hierarchy chart of any depth and complexity.

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