Organizational Structure & Networks

Organizational structure or design defines the official framework of a company – if it is a matrix, functional, divisional.

Having a solid organizational structure helps making management’s job easier, but it has an even more crucial influence on teams and leaders within the organization. Its clarity is essential so that they understand hierarchy in addition to the path of information flows; knowing whom to ask questions to and what to do with data.

The organizational structure’s clarity is also fundamental in hiring processes, to appeal to future employees by making it easier for them to visualize themselves within your organization. It also offers them the opportunity to better understand your organization’s dynamics before even entering it.

Networks on the other hand are the unofficial structure of your organization and are even more fundamental as they regulate interaction within the company, project teams and between leaders and their employees.

They are controlled by few individuals who are not necessarily those with the most normative power within the project’s or your company’s official structure. Encouraging leaders and team members to develop strong networks will help prevent isolation and correct information flows. However, networks tend to create clusters. Such clustering might have negative effects on teamwork and data handling if they are not inclusive.

  • In our analogy with the car, organizational structure and networks are represented by the frame. Organizational structure and networks are respectively the official and unofficial, visible and invisible structures shaping and stabilizing your projects. However, invisible network dynamics might lead to suboptimal team compositions. IAC can help you identify and address these issues – and specifically design a tailor-made organizational structure and networks which will make future projects more successful in your organization.

Unclear structures often lead to the team and/or the leaders be unaware of who to hand over the information to or from where to get it. IAC’s teams work with you to shed light on the organization’s structure and clearly explain it to the team and the leaders; thus, understanding how his or her car works and what are its different parts.

Leaders and members of the team could fall for the isolated work approach (subgroups in the team, some persons are not included in the network). Countering such issues often requires systematic team building workshops and methodology events to create collaboration within the team as much as between the leaders and the team; creating the notion of taking care for the car; while neglecting could cause damage to it.

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