Rather than write a series of small blog posts, this post could be called a signpost – pointing you in the direction of a couple of things you may find interesting. First is a new addition to our articles directory, an article by Kevan Hall for the Huffington Post, What Can We Learn From Virtual Teams […]
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Over the past month or so, we’ve run a series of blogs offering personal business travel tips from our team to help others who work globally. In some ways this blog post is the single most important. (With apologies for the technical hitch on the version originally published!) We ended up with a vast number of […]
A number of functions in complex organizations combine providing support with exercising control. In HR, for example, people spend a lot of time supporting line managers but sometimes also have to act as the control mechanism on legal or ethical matters. Combining these roles can be a challenge, particularly when the control part is infrequent. […]
The last couple of days have seen Kevan Hall, Global Integration’s CEO, and TH Ong, VP for Asia, in Hong Kong for the pre-launch of Kevan’s latest book, Making the Matrix Work. Kevan sent back the message that after a busy day of meetings and press interviews on Tuesday, today (Wednesday) saw them at the […]
If you want to catch the team in person over the next few weeks, here’s where you’ll find them: In Asia, TH Ong and Kevan Hall have started their tour, pre-launching Kevan’s new book (out in February), Making the Matrix Work – so you can find them this week in Hong Kong and Singapore. In India, […]
Today’s ‘Matrix Monday’ review of the limited literature available on the matrix is by Kevan Hall – a review of ‘Stopford and Wells were right!: MNC matrix structures do fit a “high-high” strategy – in memorian for Professor John Stopford (1940-2011), pioneer of international strategy-structure research’, by Jane XJ Qiu and Lex Donaldson, Management Review International, Vol 52.2012, 5, […]
When we asked our team of specialists for their tips for travelling, for our readers who work in global roles. They came up with enough for a whole series of blogs, and we hope you’ve enjoyed the series. Since the team spends a lot of time travelling, preparing for it, or recovering from it, it was […]
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 […]
In my new book “Making the Matrix Work”, I show how the matrix can actually increase employee engagement by producing richer, broader and more interesting jobs. Research seems to suggest that up to a certain level, people prefer more complex rules. Of course this makes sense, the complexities to low jobs can be boring and […]
Global Integration’s Tim Mitchell recently shared some advice with writer Malcolm Wheatley for a piece the writer was researching for Procurement Leaders, Executive Network. (You can see a link to the full article below.) Working with external partners, including in an outsourcing context, has always been important, but is becoming ever more critical and complex. It is […]
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