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Understanding Matrix Structures and their Alternatives

The Key to Designing and Managing Large, Complex Organizations

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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

  1. 1.Gabelli School of BusinessFordham UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Business Admin.Christian-Albrechts University of KielKielGermany

About the authors

William G. Egelhoff is Professor Emeritus at Fordham University, USA.

Joachim Wolf is a Professor at University of Kiel, Germany, where he holds the Chair of Organization Theory and Design.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Understanding Matrix Structures and their Alternatives
  • Book Subtitle The Key to Designing and Managing Large, Complex Organizations
  • Authors William G. Egelhoff
    Joachim Wolf
  • 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 Business and Management (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-57974-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-84577-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-57975-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 239
  • Number of Illustrations 7 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Organization
    Management
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Reviews

“Today's corporate world is global, complex and highly interconnected. The progressing digitization across all industries leads to an unprecedented pace at which businesses have to adapt. Organizations are struggling to keep up with these challenges of an ever changing business environment. The authors are taking a refreshing look into matrix organization and how this organizational form is experiencing a renaissance in adapting to today's business needs. I find this very helpful.” (Dr. Thomas Vetter, Senior Vice President, SAP SE)