A matrix organization structure solves nothing. It is just a reflection of internal and external complexity. The matrix structure acknowledges that there are multiple and sometimes competing priorities and  shows them in the reporting structure of the organization.

Whether that structure succeeds or fails is dependent on matrix management – how well people work together in the structure, and this is the part of introducing or operating a matrix that is often neglected.

 

Life in a matrix 4 -  constant reorganization

If there are problems in any structure, companies have a tendency to reorganize. In a reorganization we tend to disrupt the networks of people and relationships that were established to make the old structure work, roles change and experience is lost.

This is bad enough in a traditional organization structure but in a matrix, not only does changing the structure rarely help, (as we have seen the structure itself solves nothing) but it makes things worse because networks are how things really get done in a matrix structure.

Leave your structure alone and let the networks and matrix management skills develop. Constant reorganization makes things worse.

Does your company reorganize a lot?

About the author:

Kevan Hall Kevan Hall is a CEO, author, speaker and trainer in matrix management, virtual teams and global working. He is the author of "Speed Lead - faster, simpler ways to manage people, projects and teams in complex companies, "Making the Matrix work - how matrix managers engage people and cut through complexity", and the "Life in a Matrix" podcasts, videos, cartoons and blog. He is CEO and founder of Global Integration. Company profile: .

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