Enabling Structures

Areas of Interest Cross-cutting Categories General

Every company has two organizational structures: The formal one is written on the charts; the other is the everyday relationship of the men and women in the organization.

Structure is essential to the functioning of any organization. It is anything that creates boundaries and rules to orchestrate people and activities. Structure includes organization structures, policies, governance practices, and reporting relationships for people to align toward a common purpose.

An adaptive organization needs the capability to smoothly adapt its structures in response to changes in its business environment.

Safety Advice The design of the organization defines the outcomes or as W. Edwards Deming put it, “Every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets.” You cannot expect different outcomes as long as the structure won’t support it.
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