Some employees are called managers without subordinates. Are they managers and why?

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The Business Dictionary defines a manager as: "An individual who is in charge of a certain group of tasks, or a certain subset of a company. A manager often has a staff of people who report to him or her." By this definition, a manager may or may not have subordinates. For instance, a general manager has subordinates because he or she is responsible for organizing and leading an entire company. Human resource managers also deal with personnel.

A number of types of managers, though, may work alone or with subordinates—depending upon the size of the business. For example, financial managers are responsible for the collection, organization, and payment of money. In a small company, the financial manager may be able to handle the workload alone, while in a larger company help may be needed. Marketing managers deal with product research, advertising, and other facets of marketing, and this may or may not require additional personnel depending on the size of the operation. Operations managers...

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