Is an Organizational Crisis a Must for Growth?
Jaap de Jonge, Management Consultant, Netherlands
Consider this: any firm will have a certain way of structuring itself, depending on the phase it's in. In the beginning its organization chart
is very simple, just a few persons.
Suppose the firm is successful, then it will probably grow in number of people.
It will be attractive to the organization to not change it's organization, not to disturb its economic success. Initially this does not represent a problem, but while it is growing further and further in any phase, the tensions
between "never change a winning team" and the need to reorganize itself in a completely new way are going to build up over time.
This is likely to culminate in a crisis in which the decision should be taken to move to a more advanced organizational form. Even if that means that economic success has to be paused for a while.