the front office

the front office

The management of an organization, usually a business. Don't ask me—all the decisions get made by the front office. The front office is expected to make a lot of personnel changes in the offseason.
See also: front, office

front office

The policy-making or executive individuals in an organization, as in I'll have to check with the front office before I can give you a discount. This term was originally underworld slang for police headquarters or the main detective bureau. It soon was extended to other administrative offices and their personnel. [c. 1900]
See also: front, office
References in classic literature ?
When he had got his shilling, and had in course of time completed the ascent to his box, and had got away (which appeared to relieve his mind), I went into the front office with my little portmanteau in my hand and asked, Was Mr.
Without further interruption, we reached the front office, where we found the clerk and the man in velveteen with the fur cap.
Summary: Muscat: Sharib Ali has joined as the front office in-charge at Ras Al Jinz Turtle .
Cienfuegos wants to pursue coaching, and Galaxy management is extending its arms, allowing its most popular figure to step into the front office in 2004 to help in the development of young players and to learn the idiosyncrasies of management.
In its earliest incarnations, ERP applications were used mostly in vertical markets--primarily manufacturing--to better integrate the needs of the supply house with those of the front office.
The reason: A two-pronged approach to the technologies that enterprises need in Latin America--ERP (back office) solutions and CRM (customer relations market management) for the front office.