Authority Matrix

Author(s): Emily Saunders, Susanna Hunter

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The Authority Matrix can be used by managers to provide basic guidelines around decision-making boundaries. It ensures employees understand what is in and what is out of their decision-making control. The tool is very basic but can be easily adapted to suit each manager's needs.

The Authority Matrix:

  • Allows you to document your tasks and the roles involved.
  • Assigns authority to each role. Is the employee:
    • Responsible? Carries out the task.
    • Accountable? Approves the task.
    • Consulted? Sought out for input on the task.
    • Informed? Notified of task progress.

The tool uses the RACI matrix (responsible, accountable, consulted, or informed) to describe the participation of relevant roles for tasks and responsibilities.

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