Matrix structures are sometimes the only effective way of deploying a multi-dimensional strategy. The problem is they are beyond many organisations’ maturity to successfully execute. In fact some attempts have failed so badly it can be career limiting to even suggest ‘going matrix’ around some CEO’s.
However, for some organisations a matrix gives them the flexibility to achieve much more ambitious and sustainable strategies – with great results.
Below we offer a simple summary of the strengths and weaknesses of a matrix versus the most common structural designs.
*No prizes for guessing the film quote – he is the One.