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February 23, 2015

As a little side-project I decided to keep a list of bossless organizations - those that decided to do away with bosses and allow their employees to self-organize. While I recognize that these organizations are not fully autonomous (there is always a CEO of some sort – even if not by title) and some utilize self-managing teams to different extent, they do operate quite differently from other traditional...

February 18, 2015

While reporting to two, three or more bosses is a daily reality for many, there are some companies, where the number of bosses has been reduced to zero. Enter the bossless organization.

While hierarchies may have many benefits (hence their ubiquity) they also get their fair share of criticism]. Increasingly, among the egalitarian-minded population, the very concept of formal authority sounds unappealing...

February 2, 2015

According to late Jay Galbraith, making a matrix organization work requires a difficult task of balancing the power of different dimensions of an organization (e.g., functional, product, geography, customer type). Some have referred to this type of a structure as conflict-by-design. The centrifugal forces of organizational siloses are always threatening to fracture the matrix.

This is especially pronounc...

February 2, 2015

You would think that people generally agree on what the benefits and costs of matrix organizations are, but this blog posts illustrates pretty well some of the contradictory ideas out there about the issue.

The matrix structure has been both praised and harshly criticized (e.g. Peters, 1979; Ford and Randolph, 1992; Galbraith, 2008). This post nicely illustrates some of the opposing forces operating insi...

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