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Disaggregate the organization

“The challenge is to create large-scale organizations without losing human scale.”

To intercept opportunities that come and go at lightning speed, organizations must be able to quickly reconfigure capabilities, infrastructure, and resources. Unfortunately, in many organizations, rigid unit boundaries, functional silos, and political fiefdoms hamper the rapid realignment of skills and assets. Large organizational units that encompass hundreds or thousands of employees pose another danger, as they often lead to groupthink on a grand scale. To become more adaptable, companies must organize themselves into smaller units and create fluid, project-based structures.

14 Stories
44 Hacks
4 Barriers

Disaggregate the organization

“The challenge is to create large-scale organizations without losing human scale.”

To intercept opportunities that come and go at lightning speed, organizations must be able to quickly reconfigure capabilities, infrastructure, and resources. Unfortunately, in many organizations, rigid unit boundaries, functional silos, and political fiefdoms hamper the rapid realignment of skills and assets. Large organizational units that encompass hundreds or thousands of employees pose another danger, as they often lead to groupthink on a grand scale. To become more adaptable, companies must organize themselves into smaller units and create fluid, project-based structures.

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We cannot have an innovative workforce when employees cannot quit their jobs and start innovative new businesses because of the loss of medical benefits.
Barrier by Harvey Summers on September 10, 2010
Leaders can get a lot  more done if they did a lot less.  60%+ of time is wasted by top executives as the context for leadership has changed faster than our assumptions.  This hack
Hack by Nick Obolensky on June 27, 2010
Current organizations are often geared to the financial cycles that they run. Whether these are tied to business planning, quarterly results or any other form of reporting mechanism.
Hack by Niko van Eeghen on March 20, 2012
Several years ago, Company X moved away from having part-time employees in their operations and customer support departments.
Story by Josh Harrington on September 19, 2010
I currently teach a course in Managing Organizations and People to students in the MBA Program at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA.
Story by Mike Cook on June 24, 2013
Traditional learning need analysis has focused on target audience needs as articulated by the target audience itself, senior managers in the organization, the employee satisfaction survey etc.
Hack by rahul kumar on January 2, 2013
With so much attention on the potential for web 2.0 technologies to “flatten” the organizational hierarchy, and excitement that meritocracy will rule the day, how are the downsides to a flat organizat
Hack by Clint Carlson on June 2, 2011
Teleworking is not a new idea and has been with us for some time and despite research showing the potential benefits, decision makers have not embraced it as an effective alternative to current work s
Hack by Ryno Steyn on May 8, 2012
Develop a tool that enables employees from any organization to go through experiences and situations totally different from the day-a-day work routine.
Hack by IESE MBA TEAM 4 on January 11, 2011
If freedom means being unbound how effective is such liberation in an innovation environment?
Hack by Altaf Jasnaik on June 22, 2010

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