The advantages and problems associated with matrix organizations are well-versed – but overall do the benefits outweigh the challenges? Researchers in South Africa were keen to answer this question. Despite looking out for issues such as: tendencies towards anarchy, power struggles, decision strangulation, unclear roles and excessive overhead costs, they found that the respondents rated […]
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As projects in many organisations become more complex they become more “horizontal”, they increasingly cut across the traditional vertical silos of functions, geography and business units. Whether the organization has a formal matrix structure or not these projects create their own “matrix” which needs to be mastered for the project to succeed. Project managers need […]
What would you rather be, spoon-fed or in charge of your learning? I’m guessing I know which most of us would choose. With the drive towards more learner-centred training, self-directed learning and workplace learning – we have far more control over what we learn than ever before. This is good news. But with that control […]
In a recent blog we reviewed the research on what delivery methods work best for what situations (blended, f2f or online). eLearning is an important part of the blended jigsaw – and as we’ve seen is a cost-effective way of offering: Pre-work to engage Key information and links from learning to company strategy Follow up […]
Projects have long been how we get things done in complex organizations. But as the rate of change and the complexity of our organizations increase we need to make sure that our project management skills and way of working are fit for today’s challenges and ready for the future. Projects are increasingly “horizontal” cutting across […]
Or as one of our consultants helpfully framed it, ‘how can we make it easier for time poor people to learn?’ Training and learning have come a long way since the days of mandatory 5-day residentials as the only option for how to learn. Nowadays there is a huge range of options to engage learners, […]
In a matrix organization, or any large global multi-national, it is easy for teams that start out aiming to be agile and nimble to become ever more complex. We might form a team to tackle a particular challenge, serve a large global customer or introduce a new bot. Initially we might have 3-4 people who […]
Increasingly, our clients are coming to us talking about introducing, or improving Agile work design, particularly in a virtual or matrixed environment. Many are concerned that their current business infrastructure and way of working lacks the ability to self-disrupt. Self-disruption is a challenge because the barriers to entry across many industries are falling and new entrants […]
A raft of blogs and articles earlier this summer linked McLaren’s recent woes on the F1 track with their matrix management structure. However in an interview directly with the current CEO Zak Brown by Sky Sports, he denied that their current internal issues can be traced back to their matrix management system. He did acknowledge […]
As part of their lengthy study into the state of the American Workplace based on over 195,000 employees across a range of industries, Gallup looked specifically at employees that worked in matrix organizations and found that: “the more matrixed employees are, the more likely they are to strongly agree that being on different teams is […]
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