I was working with the supply chain organisation of one of our Pharma clients recently. The essence of the supply chain is joined up thinking and actions across the traditional functional and geographic silos to stay focused on the end result. This organisation had taken this to the next level by structuring its communication and […]
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‘The end of a golden age: global companies now in retreat’; ‘Protectionism growing around the world’; ‘Digitalization is coming now’. Dramatic headlines sell newspapers but to some extent they have a point: for the largest 500 firms worldwide, in eight out of ten sectors, multinational firms’ aggregate sales grew more slowly than their domestic competitors […]
I’ve worked with a couple of clients recently who have the same challenge, different parts of their organization pursuing different matrix organization design models which then prove hard to match up and manage across the interfaces. One was a very large services organisation, each business unit and function had been given responsibility for developing their […]
To get people to do what you want them to do in a matrix organization it is better to inspire and empower them than to shout. Every manager knows that, right? They might know it in theory, but according to a recent study with a large technology matrix organization, it’s not coming across that way […]
There is a lot of interest at the moment in micro learning and on demand learning. This involves packaging learning into bite size chunks which makes them easier to digest and making them available so that people can access them at the point at which they need them. It is a great idea and we’ve […]
What temperature is your team today? A recent paper by Danish researchers Burton, Obel and Hakonsson argue that a successful matrix organization will inherently have both a ‘high-tension’ and a ‘high-readiness to change’ climate. High-readiness for change in a matrix organization doesn’t mean overhauling the structure every two years – it means top management handing […]
I read several articles about networking recently, several of them equate networking with collaboration. However, networking itself does not create value or collaboration, you can have a lot of connections but unless you engage them to achieve something, it may do no more than help your LinkedIn profile look good. The essence of the network […]
If you don’t think the digital work revolution will have an impact on you, ask a cab driver. Digital disruption can happen fast and everywhere, and it’s coming to the everyday world of work. We are all using our Uber app to get home now; our AirBnB app to book somewhere to stay on holiday; […]
For the skills of leading and working in traditional teams, we often use sports metaphors and language. Indeed, some successful figures from the field of sports are paid large sums to lecture to business people on what they have learned in this environment, about the lessons of teamwork and how these lessons can be applied […]
As technology experts IBM reverse years of remote working and demand techies return to co-location hubs, how can the rest of us hope to make virtual working flourish? Technology giants from IBM to Google love to entice us into a virtual working world where anything can be achieved by colleagues scattered from Kazakhstan to Japan. […]
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