Employees in a matrix structure belong to at least two formal groups at the same time

Employees in a matrix structure belong to at least two formal groups at the same time

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Employees in a matrix structure belong to at least two formal groups at the same time—a functional  group and a product, program, or project team. They also report to two bosses—one within the  functional group and the other within the team. This structure not only increases employee motivation, but it also allows technical and general  management training across functional areas as well. Potential advantages include Better cooperation and problem solving. Increased flexibility. Better customer service. Better performance accountability. Improved strategic management. Predictably, the matrix structure also has potential disadvantages. Here are a few of this structure's 
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Unformatted text preview: drawbacks: The two-boss system is susceptible to power struggles, as functional supervisors and team leaders vie with one another to exercise authority. Members of the matrix may suffer task confusion when taking orders from more than one boss. Teams may develop strong team loyalties that cause a loss of focus on larger organization goals. Adding the team leaders, a crucial component, to a matrix structure can result in increased costs....
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This note was uploaded on 11/18/2011 for the course MGMT 4375 taught by Professor Eixmann during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.

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