Every day I see studies, blogs and reports on digital transformation. It’s exciting stuff and no doubt has the opportunity to be transformational. However, it’s not the first transformation businesses of been through and I think we can learn from previous ones. There are particular parallels between digital and global transformations. A phrase I’ve used […]
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Many organizations are trying to be more joined up and integrated “horizontally” across the traditional vertical silos of function and geography. Some of them try to do this through virtual teamwork and collaboration; others introduce some kind of formal matrix or multidimensional organization structure. The strategy and structure are clear that there is often a […]
A recent Harvard business review article confirms our own findings about too much collaboration in large organizations. It claims that over the last 20 years the time spent by people in collaborative activities has increased by 50% or more – meetings, calls, emails etc can take up round 80% of the week for many employees […]
Kevan Hall, CEO of Global Integration shares his thoughts on Generation Beta. I saw an article recently on Generation Beta – under 21’s and their preferred working styles and characteristics. This is of course the latest generation to be labelled and will in its course create a series of books and consulting interventions designed to […]
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We meet a lot of CEOs who are frustrated by the pace of change in implementing a matrix or globally integrated organization, this has serious implications for the success of their businesses. The business reasons for becoming more integrated are compelling; global customers, cross functional projects and the synergies that come from sharing learning and […]
We have recently launched a range of bite sized, mobile and social elearning for matrix management, virtual teams and global working. We focused on social as one of our three key propositions. Here the 6 key benefits that we see social bringing to our offer: 1. It brings an emotional content and energy to learning […]
One of the key factors in the success of the implementation of a more globally integrated organization is a clear understanding of the major structural changes involved. Structure change is not enough of itself to embed this significant change in ways of working, however an unclear structure is definitely something that gets in the way. […]
The Economic Times of India reports that the IT company Infosys is considering moving to a matrix organization in order to make itself more attractive to millennials. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/ites/infosys-may-opt-for-matrix-organization-structure-to-woo-millenials/articleshow/49574587.cms R Seshasayee, Chairman of Infosys believes that a matrix way of working appeals more to these young digitally savvy employees than the traditional linear structure. “Millennials share […]
I’ve had conversations with a couple of clients recently who claim not to have matrix organization because not everyone is matrixed. In my experience the “full matrix” is a myth, I have never come across any organization where everyone in the business is in a matrix. In fact this would be a dangerous and unnecessary […]
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