As we can see above, more connected and integrated organizations and global working practices are common. Integrated business functions, supply chains and global accounts cut across the traditional vertical silos of function, geography and business unit.
Whether you have a formal matrix structure or a more informal network organization, global working is becoming more horizontal, cross functional and cross business unit. Collaboration becomes more complex with additional challenges of working across time zones and national cultural differences.
Globally connected organizations need to deliver the advantages of global scale and reach (leverage) whilst at the same time staying flexible to local needs and market conditions (agility).
National cultural differences add additional complexity and we need to evolve ways of working that are inclusive to people from different countries.
Matrix, virtual or global –or all 3?
Your team or organization may have only one, or possibly all three of these challenges.
Our clients often use the terms interchangeably, although they are increasingly using the phrase matrix to describe all of the issues mentioned above – even if they don’t have a formal matrix structure.
Our global working programs can be quickly tailored to your specific blend of challenges. We can deliver programs face to face worldwide through our own global network of consultants or through webinar or using our bite size, social and mobile online tools.