The Matrix Organisation: The Future Organization Model?

Aarhus University has moved from a divisional organizational structure to a matrix organisation where the individual tasks determines who takes part in solving the problem. Professor Børge Obel talks about matrix organisation pros and cons, its background, and how and when it can be used, in his lecture to the Danish Academy.

The world has become more complex and changes more rapidly. Today's organizations, whether private or public, are subject to forces that are pulling in different directions. The way you organize is crucial for how the organization delivers results. The business environment has responded to the increasing complexity through the creation of more and more complex organizations with interdisciplinary projects and teams, and more and more organizations are against real matrix organizations. Matrix organization is time consuming, expensive, and contains built-in conflicts. In return the matrix model fits into a world that becomes more and more complex. And it ensures that you aim for the best solutions every time a task needs to be solved. Therefore, the matrix organizational model is currently being rolled out globally in many of the world's largest companies, and also in many Danish companies and public organizations. This presentation (in Danish) will introduce the matrix organization, its background, and how and when it can be used.

Read the news update at the Danish Academy here: http://www.dr.dk/DR2/Danskernes+akademi/Oekonomi_Ledelse/Er_matrixorganisationer_fremtiden.htm