Many of today’s organizations are highly-structured and complex, which can make communicating and getting the job done difficult. We look at two characteristics of their formal structures – silos and slabs - and the challenges they present to managing, and then investigate ways to manage across and beyond them. This topic will provide you with an opportunity to:
- Understand the effects of silos and slabs within organizations.
- Understand how these structures can act as barriers to getting things done.
- Challenge yourselves to manage together beyond formal structure.
For more information on the content in this module we recommend reading Henry Mintzberg's TWOG on Enough of Silos? How about Slabs?.