Organizational Structure Kit

Learning to make mistakes

Learning to make mistakes

Why is it so hard to instill an entrepreneurial spirit within corporate structures? One answer to this question has to do with the willingness to make and learn from mistakes. Or, to be more precise, to take novel courses of action that may prove to be “wrong” in hindsight, but which yield potentially exciting insights on technologies, customers, and markets ...

Centralized or decentralized, that is the question

Centralized or decentralized, that is the question

Centralization vs. decentralization is one of the key organization design questions when it comes to delivering a digital strategy in multi-divisional businesses. Do you build one central “digital” unit or team? Or do you put digital resources into functions and divisions that support the respective functional strategies ...

Organization design for new capabilities, or: Do companies need a Chief Digital Officer?

Organization design for new capabilities, or: Do companies need a Chief Digital Officer?

When an organization wants to implement a new capability, one of the easiest org design approaches is to install someone in a new leadership role to oversee execution of the new strategy. Or is it? An ideal test case for evaluating this tactic is digitalization ...

How to make management tools effective – 7 practical tips

How to make management tools effective – 7 practical tips

Management tools, frameworks or models – such as Porter’s 5 Forces, the Value Chain, or the tools entailed in our Organizational Structure Kit – are management knowledge in crystalized form. Typically they capture a management topic by defining key elements and showing the interdependencies between those elements ... 

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 ...