Hierarchy deals with the concept in a general sense, power structure is categorised under politics, but there is no reason for two articles on essentially the same concept --17:52, 5 October 2007 (UTC)
Merging "power structure and hierarchy"; expansion is needed.[change source]
Bold textPower structure and hierarchy should be discussed together; the discussion should be expanded to include other types of organization, beyond the hierarchy that is traditional in western culture (at least from Roman times). For example, "networks" constitute an alternative organizational structure. Other collegial forms might include teams and task forces, all of which are part of a larger, non-hierarchical group. Further, some institutions (Orthodox Christianity, Anglicanism) retain the hierarchical form, but with dispersed authority (leadership is 'primus inter pares' or 'first among equals'. Other groups (Quakers) dispense with hierarchy altogether and decide by consensus.