As we have seen in other posts, a matrix organization structure does introduce (or recognize) a higher level of complexity and some distinct people management challenges, so why do organizations do it? There must be significant advantages to a matrix structure that outweigh the matrix people management challenges. Matrix organization structures were introduced over 50 […]
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I just spent an enjoyable couple of days at a HR conference for a major international bank. It’s always good to see the issues that people are discussing and a great by-product is the chance to see some other conference speakers and learn from them. I was speaking on matrix management which seemed to go […]
The final part of our big picture of the issues we see working and leading in complex and matrixed organizations is the area of Community. By Global Integration
After years of hearing that communication is the solution to every problem, we have learned that communication can often be a big part of the problem rather than the solution.
The 4th trend we see in managing in matrix organizations is a move toward higher levels of central control. This tends to lead to lower levels of empowerment and slower speed of response in companies with matrix organization structures. There are many factors in complex companies that subtly undermine confidence and trust – when people do […]
Desperately sad day yesterday saw my team Reading FC relegated from the Premiership on goal difference on the last day of the season. It was a long drive back from Derby. What can we learn that applies to the world of work. You need a balance of talent and teamwork. If you do not have […]
The way we address the complexity at the heart of our big picture and of our clients’ needs is to bring ideas, consulting and training in four key areas. The first of these is Cooperation. We believe that there is too much cooperation going on in matrix and other complex organizations. People tell us […]
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