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Understanding Matrix Structures and their Alternatives

The Key to Designing and Managing Large, Complex Organizations

Authors: Egelhoff, William G., Wolf, Joachim

  • - Presents original research
    - Develops the mode of decision making within a matrix
    - Provides reader with potential to create a more flexible matrix structure

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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.

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.

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)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Egelhoff, William G. (et al.)

    Pages 1-12

  • The Historical and Conceptual Contexts for Understanding Matrix Structures

    Egelhoff, William G. (et al.)

    Pages 13-42

  • Designing Elementary Structures to Fit MNC Strategy

    Egelhoff, William G. (et al.)

    Pages 43-74

  • Designing Matrix Structures to Fit MNC Strategy

    Egelhoff, William G. (et al.)

    Pages 75-108

  • Understanding the Causes of Conflict in Matrix Structure Firms

    Egelhoff, William G. (et al.)

    Pages 109-130

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-57975-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-57974-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Understanding Matrix Structures and their Alternatives
Book Subtitle
The Key to Designing and Managing Large, Complex Organizations
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-57975-1
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-57975-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-57974-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 239
Number of Illustrations and Tables
7 b/w illustrations
Topics