Organizational Structure

Dealing with organizational high nobility

Dealing with organizational high nobility

Large organizations risk developing organizational high nobility, i.e. a rather detached layer of senior management close to the organization’s top management. The organizations that give rise to such an upper class are typically characterized by some, if not all, of the following traits ... 

How to set-up co-leadership

How to set-up co-leadership

Co-leader set-ups have a bad reputation. At least in the corporate world where the opinion is that co-CEOs – or other shared leadership roles – are prone to destructive power-struggles, constant tensions over strategic decisions, and blurred accountability. And yet there are some good (and some less good) reasons to have shared leadership structures in the corporate board room and beyond ...

How to align project set-ups and organizational structure

How to align project set-ups and organizational structure

How to balance exploitation of a proven business model or product with exploration – that’s the pursuit of a breakthrough innovation. In fact it’s the key strategic question for many businesses. The organizational-level version of this question is how to align your most crucial projects with the existing organizational structure ... 

The challenges of lateral self-governance – a review of Holacracy

The challenges of lateral self-governance – a review of Holacracy

We at Management Kits are passionate about innovative ways of organizing and helping organizations to perform competitively and become more effective and rewarding to work for. On our blog we regularly review and discuss innovative management concepts that we believe have the potential to make management work better ... 

Organizational silos are a good thing (except when they aren’t)

Organizational silos are a good thing (except when they aren’t)

Let´s make the case for organizational silos. As long as the term “silo” describes the grouping of organizational activities into separate units, it simply denotes the primary boundaries within which to build specialized capabilities and drive performance. These unit structures, or silos, provide direction and focus ... 

Why we are obsessed with organizational charts (and what to do about it)

Why we are obsessed with organizational charts (and what to do about it)

Many managers are obsessed with organizational charts. Whenever a company undergoes fundamental change, from either rapid growth or a new strategy, organizational questions are eventually addressed by putting “lines and boxes” on paper ... 

How to best run an organizational design project

How to best run an organizational design project

All management challenges are special, but some are more special than others. Organizational design projects, in my experience, are “more special than others” in three important ways ...