How many teams are you part of at work? Professionals are now members of four different teams on average, according to our benchmarking survey of over 4,000 employees in Europe, US, Asia and the Middle East. Four teams with say 3-5 key goals each means 12-20 key initiatives to juggle and try to stay on […]
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We are delighted to announce the launch of our new, research led white paper on the challenges of matrix management. This is based on an in-depth summary of academic and consulting research in the field together with our own experience of 23 years working with many of the world’s leading organizations. You can download free […]
If so, you’re not alone. Knowledge workers estimate they now have to interact with more than 10 people per day to do their job, and two thirds reported a significant increase in the amount of collaboration required, according to recent research by the Corporate Executive Board. In many cases this is has been to the […]
Our training participants in matrix organizations tell us they spend an average of two days per week in meetings and 50% of the content is irrelevant. The HR team in one global gaming giant we worked with were surprised when the results of an in-depth training needs analysis and training programme on thriving in the […]
A field study with 43 global R&D teams from a top five Fortune 500 petroleum firm found that spontaneous communication played a pivotal role in moderating the level of interpersonal and task conflict in distributed virtual teams, through stronger shared identity and shared context. So how can we encourage spontaneous communication, shared identity and shared […]
Jeff Bezos briefly topping the world’s richest person list symbolizes just how far reaching Amazon now is. Amazon is, and always has been, a company driven by data and powered by software. It’s seemingly unstoppable rise is just one example of how digital firms are leading the way, with more traditional firms desperately trying to […]
“Billionaire hedge fund manager Nelson Peltz calls P&G a suffocating bureaucracy” run the summer headlines – with Peltz blaming P&G’s matrix structure for its current woes and launching a proxy shareholder fight. However as we’ve said many times here before, it is not the matrix structure that is the problem it is the ways of […]
We all send hundreds, or even thousands, of emails and chat messages a day. Across a large global organization that leads to a constantly deepening network of connections. But do you know who are the key ‘hubs’ within your department or global organization – sending and receiving the most emails and connected to the widest […]
For the different regions of a global organization it can feel like drive to implement a matrix is something being done to them by a (typically) New York or London HQ. The local L&D/OD managers (in Asia, Eastern Europe or the Middle East) tell us they often feel powerless – with central HQ making decisions […]
One of the most revelatory insights for our participants in matrix organizations is when we share that in complex matrix organizations, only a few types of work are best performed by teams[i]. Indeed corralling people to work in teams when the outcome required doesn’t suit this way of working can sometimes even be dangerous. One […]
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