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How Disney Structured Itself Differently

It’s rare that the 21st century business takes pride in a top-down structure that makes it clear that managers rule and no further questions.

But even still, the typical corporate organization chart shows managers managing managers managing divisions managing, at last, their workers. Here’s an example, courtesy of Vertex42:

The Walt Disney Company, which today celebrates its 90th birthday, had a different approach even way back when. Perhaps this is unsurprising for a company whose name is built on creativity. Sure, the Big Mouse sits on his throne at the top, distinguished by majestic cursive. But everybody else is put on equal footing, centered on the creation of their product (which comes out right at the end).

Take a look at the 1943 Disney organizational chart:

Disney organizational chart

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