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Understanding Matrix Structures and their Alternatives

The Key to Designing and Managing Large, Complex Organizations

  • William G. Egelhoff
  • Joachim Wolf

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. William G. Egelhoff, Joachim Wolf
    Pages 1-12
  3. William G. Egelhoff, Joachim Wolf
    Pages 43-74
  4. William G. Egelhoff, Joachim Wolf
    Pages 75-108
  5. William G. Egelhoff, Joachim Wolf
    Pages 109-130
  6. William G. Egelhoff, Joachim Wolf
    Pages 131-160
  7. William G. Egelhoff, Joachim Wolf
    Pages 161-180
  8. William G. Egelhoff, Joachim Wolf
    Pages 215-220
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 221-239

About this book

Introduction

This book describes the use of matrix structures in large, complex organizations such as MNCs. Using an information-processing perspective of organization design, it develops a more comprehensive theory for fitting the structural configurations of matrix structures to key characteristics of firm strategy. Empirical research by the authors supports this theoretical framework. In addition to structural configuration, Understanding Matrix Structures identifies and develops the mode of decision making within a matrix as an important second dimension of matrix structure design. It can be either balanced (joint) decision making by the two dimensions of a matrix or rule-based decision making, where rules pre-assign certain decisions to one dimension or the other for unitary decision making. Recent exploratory research by the authors supports this conceptual framework and provides the potential to create a more flexible matrix structure- one that facilitates a more ambidextrous organization.

Keywords

network organization strategy MNCs interdependency

Authors and affiliations

  • William G. Egelhoff
    • 1
  • Joachim Wolf
    • 2
  1. 1.Gabelli School of BusinessFordham UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Business Admin.Christian-Albrechts University of KielKielGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-57975-1
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Business and Management
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-57974-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-57975-1
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