Global Matrix Structure The global matrix structure is similar to the domestic

Global matrix structure the global matrix structure

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Global Matrix Structure The global matrix structure is similar to the domestic matrix, although of course distances are greater and coordination is more complex. Typically, country managers and product managers have dual authority over employees in the matrix. This complicated form would work best when there is balanced pressure for the interests of both product standardization and geographical localization. Building Global Capabilities The Global Organizational Challenge There are three primary segments of the global organizational challenge: greater complexity and differentiation, the need for integration, and the problem of transferring knowledge across a global firm. Movement into the international arena means increased complexity demanding the development of a structure to fit the numerous countries in which it operates. Often this means more product differentiation which also means more internal organizational complexity. As organizations become more differentiated the integration or collaboration across the organizational units becomes more complex. This requires more time and resources to achieve. Organizations need to learn from their international experiences and exploit that learning to create and leverage global organizational knowledge. This knowledge transfer is hindered by language, cultural, and geographic distances; viewing knowledge as power one unit does not want to give up; the reluctance to use knowledge from elsewhere due to pride; and the fact that much of this knowledge is not written down. Global Coordination Mechanisms Global Teams Also called transnational teams, global teams are work groups made up of multinational members whose activities span multiple countries. Some help organizations achieve global efficiencies; others help their companies become more locally responsive; and others contribute to continuous learning and adaptation on a global level. Headquarters Planning This approach has the global headquarters taking an active role in planning, scheduling, and control to keep the global organization working together and moving in the same direction.
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DESIGNING ORGANIZATIONS FOR THE INTERNATIONAL ENVIVRONMENT 3 Expanded Coordination Roles Creating specific organization roles can help to integrate all the pieces.
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  • Spring '11
  • allanmarshal
  • Global Product Division, INTERNATIONAL STRATEGIC ALLIANCES, global matrix structure, Global Geographic Division, Global Product Division Structure Global product division

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