“Billionaire hedge fund manager Nelson Peltz calls P&G a suffocating bureaucracy” run the summer headlines – with Peltz blaming P&G’s matrix structure for its current woes and launching a proxy shareholder fight. However as we’ve said many times here before, it is not the matrix structure that is the problem it is the ways of […]
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We all send hundreds, or even thousands, of emails and chat messages a day. Across a large global organization that leads to a constantly deepening network of connections. But do you know who are the key ‘hubs’ within your department or global organization – sending and receiving the most emails and connected to the widest […]
For the different regions of a global organization it can feel like drive to implement a matrix is something being done to them by a (typically) New York or London HQ. The local L&D/OD managers (in Asia, Eastern Europe or the Middle East) tell us they often feel powerless – with central HQ making decisions […]
One of the most revelatory insights for our participants in matrix organizations is when we share that in complex matrix organizations, only a few types of work are best performed by teams[i]. Indeed corralling people to work in teams when the outcome required doesn’t suit this way of working can sometimes even be dangerous. One […]
Only 14% of companies feel their internal processes for collaboration and decision making are working well, according to a 2016 study by Facebook for Deloitte[i]. How to improve this? Simplify. In our experience, far too often people in a matrix organization feel obliged to involve lots of people in decisions or cc hundreds in on […]
Fancy taking part in another organizational change initiative? Thought not. But we are now in an era of ‘always on transformation’, according to Jim Hennerling, Boston Consulting Group’s Organizational Change Expert, with companies having to constantly adapt to keep up with rapid globalization and digitalization. Given we can’t hide from change, Hemerling shares his insights […]
‘The end of a golden age: global companies now in retreat’; ‘Protectionism growing around the world’; ‘Digitalization is coming now’. Dramatic headlines sell newspapers but to some extent they have a point: for the largest 500 firms worldwide, in eight out of ten sectors, multinational firms’ aggregate sales grew more slowly than their domestic competitors […]
To get people to do what you want them to do in a matrix organization it is better to inspire and empower them than to shout. Every manager knows that, right? They might know it in theory, but according to a recent study with a large technology matrix organization, it’s not coming across that way […]
What temperature is your team today? A recent paper by Danish researchers Burton, Obel and Hakonsson argue that a successful matrix organization will inherently have both a ‘high-tension’ and a ‘high-readiness to change’ climate. High-readiness for change in a matrix organization doesn’t mean overhauling the structure every two years – it means top management handing […]
If you don’t think the digital work revolution will have an impact on you, ask a cab driver. Digital disruption can happen fast and everywhere, and it’s coming to the everyday world of work. We are all using our Uber app to get home now; our AirBnB app to book somewhere to stay on holiday; […]
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