I was reading an article “Information infrastructure centrality in the agile organization” by Morris and McManus. They made an interesting point that as globalization took companies into less developed parts of the world, the availability of information technology infrastructure would start to become a limiting factor in integration. Those parts of the world without the right […]
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In today’s Matrix Monday review of available literature, Kevan Hall reviews ‘Does organization structure matter? On the relationship between structure, functioning and effectiveness’, by Andersen and Jonsson. This paper challenges whether organizations can become more effective by reorganizing. A move to a new structure assumes that this will give better outcomes, but there is little […]
There have been a few changes/additions to this site over the past few weeks that may be of interest to readers. Firstly, there have been a few articles written or contributed to by team members recently in media and blogs: Hannah Previn ran a piece on blame and accountability in the Sunday Times; The intriguingly […]
What is the point of structure? As more and more organizations are moving to matrix structures (even if they often don’t realise it) they are effectively challenging basic assumptions about organizational structure. This is because at one extreme the matrix means highly complex structures (with multiple reporting lines of both dotted and solid varieties) and […]
I have been talking to a number of organization design (OD) people in recent weeks. Many express the view that well designed structure with clear roles etc.. will solve many of our problems. My view is that there are limits to how much we can clarify things in a dynamic, fast changing environment and that […]
Some holidays aren’t celebrated everywhere in the US. One such is this week’s Lincoln Day, celebrating Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. It’s celebrated tomorrow in some US states including Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, New York and Indiana. Some States instead celebrate Presidents Day on the third Monday of February, a joint celebration of George […]
For today’s ‘Matrix Monday’ review of the limited literature available on the matrix, today Kevan Hall revisits an older paper, Organization structure: how does it influence attitudes and performance. This is quite an old article and predates some of the complex, matrix, networked and virtual organization structures that we specialise in today, but I thought […]
First let me wish my Chinese friends, colleagues and associates, a Xin Nian Kuai Le (in Putonghua) – or Kung Hei Fatt Choy (in Cantonese) – to kick off the Year of the Snake. May the New Year bring you joy, happiness and prosperity. It is interesting to sit here in Hong Kong watching the […]
Well done to our CEO, Kevan Hall – his new book, Making the Matrix Work: How Matrix Managers Engage People and Cut Through Complexity, is now available to the World at large. By 2pm GMT, today, it had reached number 5 in the Organizational Theory and Behaviour category on Amazon. I thought it might be […]
We had a request from Mehmet A. Orhan, and whilst we often can’t help students, on this occassion we’re happy to help. He’s undertaking some research that may be appropriate for many of the people reading this blog, examining the link between organizational dynamics and employee attitudes in virtual work settings. He hopes to better understand how organizational learning […]
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