If the early part of this year was confusing for knowing when New Year might be celebrated – with the Gregorian/Western calender New Years, Asian New Year, Nowruz already celebrated, and the Water Festival still to come (as well as New Year in Myanmar, which falls on April 16 – Easter now raises its head in many […]
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The essence of matrix management lies in the balance of power between the vertical (usually functions and geography) and the horizontal (business units, supply chains or other entities that cut across the organization) if we could choose one of these to be permanently in charge, we wouldn’t need a matrix. However, there are some compelling […]
The matrix organization structure is blamed for a lot: unclear goals, conflict, bureaucracy and many others. But is often the case that these problems were there in the organization before the matrix. Competing goals, for example, are normal in any organization that doesn’t have unlimited resources. A complete lack of conflict would probably indicate that […]
We recently received a comment that one of our articles was incorrect because the matrix only referred to projects incorporating people from different functions. Whilst a lot of the project management literature focuses on this kind of matrix structure, it is by no means the only one. A matrix organization is defined as one where some […]
Using video to stop people multitasking during virtual meetings I was talking to a senior manager recently who told me that one of the advantages of using video tools like Skype or the video application on WebEx in his virtual meetings, was that he could check that people were paying attention and not multitasking. Whilst […]
Most people are now relatively familiar with the Lunar New Year, which is celebrated not only in China, Korea and Vietnam but elsewhere in countries with significant ethnic Chinese populations such as Singapore and Malaysia. However, there is an equally significant New Year holiday in Asia-Pacific which is not as well known to outsiders: the […]
I was privileged to represent Global Integration at a ‘Sharing Growth’ Open Briefing Session for potential beneficiaries yesterday on behalf of my colleague Phil Stockbridge (who was out delivering training to someone who has already signed up for this program). Sharing in Growth is a government (Regional Growth Fund) backed initiative to improve and maintain […]
When we saw the cheeky message above, left on our ‘Birthday wishes’ page this week, we couldn’t help but laugh. Someone (Jacqui Morrison, Nissan) had remembered Rod’s underpants. No, Director Rod Farnan hadn’t been up to mischief. As you’ll see to the left, modelled by Rod’s colleague, Janet Davis, Rod – and the rest of the […]
It’s World Book Day in the UK (United Kingdom) where I live, and in true cross cultural style, the rest of the World will be celebrating on April 23rd. This apparently has something to do with April 23 being St George’s Day – our patron saint. We don’t generally make much of a fuss over […]
When we work with companies around the world on matrix management, we observe that most companies don’t do a great job of communicating why they have a matrix. In fact, a common assumption is that it’s the latest consulting fad and that if people keep their heads down a new organization will be a long […]
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