Workplace collaboration is contingent upon your organization design

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One key tenet in the debate around the future of work has been the need for organizational collaboration and the ways to make it happen.

This debate has brought up many relevant dimensions of effective collaboration. There are good tips on where to start or which digital tools to use. Many arguments are reminiscent of eternal issues like organizational silos or touching on best practices to build high-performing teams.

While all of this is worthwhile, you should never underestimate the structural impediments for effective collaboration across teams, fields of expertise, or market areas. This is especially so in corporate contexts with their sometimes rigid structural blueprints, which are typically reinforced by strategy processes, budgeting, performance management, and functional cultures.

For this reason, managers and organization developers should always check for organizational structure and design dimensions when seeking to foster collaboration. As part of our Organizational Structure Kit we have developed a range of tools to support the definition of interfaces and the linking of domains within an organizational structure.