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July 3, 2015

It is hard to imagine a multinational and a multi-product company nowadays that wouldn't employ some kind of a two-boss structure. The matrix organizations, as such structures are called, have been credited with allowing companies to pursue multiple goals and better able to adapt to challenges in the local markets, while maintaining effective coordination on the global level. But it is not easy to make...

June 24, 2015

A slave with two masters is a free man” – a Roman proverb

 

Seeing a new article or a post about a matrix organization is a rare these days. Academics and practitioners seem to have lost interest with this organizational form. And yet, when I talk to executives, I hear about multiple reporting lines all the time. Reporting to multiple bosses or sharing the authority over employees with other members of t...

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...

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