I am sometimes (not as often as I should be) asked about the return on investment of our matrix management training. There are two types of people who ask this question; ones who are genuinely interested and want to know and sceptics who doubt whether training really ever pays off. In my corporate career I […]
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Many human resources (HR) functions within large complex organizations are already operating an internal matrix management setup of business partners, specialists and common service centres. A common way of doing this is to use the ‘Ulrich model’, developed by David Ulrich, a Professor from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business. In this model […]
As the nature of work in modern organizations increasingly cuts across the traditional vertical silos of functions and geography, many organizations are an increase in matrix management and introduction of a formal matrix organization structure. But the way matrix management is implemented may be different in different functions in different industries. In this blog post […]
At Global Integration, we believe there is an enduring need for some form of functional organization within a matrix organization structure. We don’t see any significant alternative at present to a functional focus for building capability and skills, particularly in areas where professional qualifications or deep skills are required such as ensuring there are sufficient […]
In today’s ‘Matrix Monday’ post we preview Making the Matrix Work, the new book by Kevan Hall, due out later this year. Global customers, supply chains and more integrated business functions mean that work in the 21st Century cuts across traditional vertical silos of country and function. The ‘solution’ of the matrix structure, however, brings higher […]
The brewing industry faces similar challenges to many international manufacturers around the World. Heineken Americas’ reported that its operating profit margin is being squeezed. Carlsberg’s European beer market is declining in most of its twelve key regions, with only Switzerland remaining even. Markets in the USA, UK and Canada have matured and are flat. […]
Continuing our blog series looking at reasons to introduce a matrix structure. In this post, we look at meeting the needs of global or regional customers as a reason to matrix. I could not find a single company announcement that cited this as a primary reason for introducing a matrix. However, our experience at Global Integration […]
Continuing our blog series looking at reasons to introduce a matrix structure. This week we look at having broader, more multi-skilled people as one of the key drivers. (With apologies for the original mis-title! The dangers of cut and paste.) “The matrix structure will provide tremendous opportunity for managers and team members alike and provide […]
Continuing our blog series looking at reasons to introduce a matrix structure. This week we look at improved global or regional projects & systems as one of the key drivers. A common driver of the move to a matrix organization, and hence matrix management, is the desire to have common systems and projects. This can be driven […]
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