A recent McKinsey article “Revisiting the matrix organization” quoted a 2015 Gallup survey that found that 84% of respondents were at least slightly matrixed. Despite the host of articles you will see on the web declaring the matrix dead or irrelevant our experience is that the matrix is the way of working of choice for […]
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As organizations become more integrated they often introduce some form of matrix working. This may be a formal organizational change with multiple reporting lines or simply an increase in virtual teams or processes that work across functions and geography. This move creates a sharp increase in the amount of “horizontal” working that cuts across the […]
Is functional excellence conflicting with matrix success? We often see in our clients that the move to a matrix structure (driven usually by a desire to improve cooperation across functional and geographic silos) happens at the same time as a drive for “functional excellence” the introduction of global standards, governance and systems with in the […]
The term “matrix” seems to be growing. Strictly speaking a matrix is where we have more than one reporting line, whether solid or dotted. However, our clients are increasingly using the word matrix to describe the phenomenon of horizontal working – across business units, functions and geography. A recent discussion about this made me reflect […]
Honours for CEO’s article We were delighted to discover last week that one of CEO Kevan Hall’s articles had been one of the most popular of 2013 on HR management site, PersonnelZone , and was included as part of their top articles list on inHR, their regular newsletter amidst a range of other fantastic articles, including some on appraisals […]
On October 10-11, HR.com is running a series of talks on Developing Organizational Leadership Capabilities. In the first of the series, Global integration’s CEO, Kevan Hall, will be laying down some key principles in his “Developing the Matrix Mindset for Success” webinar. He will identify some of the key work related challenges presented by a matrix organization, […]
For our readers who don’t speak English as a native language, ‘two for the price of one’ is an expression meaning buy one, get one free, and refers to the fact that this blog post isn’t just one post, but two! Because the ever busy Kevan Hall, CEO of Global Integration and author, most recently, of […]
Today’s Matrix Monday post looks at an article by Love, Priem and Lumpkin: “Explicitly articulated strategy and firm performance under alternative levels of centralisation.” This article asks an interesting question: does the explicit articulating strategy to organizational members improve performance? It also considers whether this differs depending on the level of centralization of the organization. To […]
There have been a few changes/additions to this site over the past few weeks that may be of interest to readers. Firstly, there have been a few articles written or contributed to by team members recently in media and blogs: Hannah Previn ran a piece on blame and accountability in the Sunday Times; The intriguingly […]
An April 2012, Harvard Business Review’s “How many direct reports?” quoted some research from Booz and Co with some interesting findings: over the last 20 years, CEOs average span of control (measured by the number of direct reports) has doubled from about five in the 1980s to 10 today. This has happened despite a sharp increase […]
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