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Multinational Firms

One application of the matrix organization is found in large multinational firms. A global matrix structure can have equally important lines of authority for product groups and geographic divisions.
The geographical (national) dispersed activities try to be responsive to their markets, while at the same time the global product groups focus on global efficiencies and coordination.


Conditions for Matrix Organization

- Pressure for dual focus
- Pressure for shared resources
- Pressure for high information processing capacity.

  Danilo Delfini, Partner, Italy

Circumstances When a Matrix Organisation is Used

Matrices are used when you have two competency areas that need to work closely together, and share resources. For example, this happens often in consultancy firms where on one axis you have the subject matter expertise (for example, change management or technology implementation, etc.), and on the other the market expertise (for example, the various industries such as finance, consumer goods, retail, etc.).
Matrices are also used in organizations where work is often performed through projects. So you find on one axis each project and on the other the various functional areas it must go through to completion (sales, account management, product development, etc.).

  Homer H. Alcon, Industrial Engineer, Philippines

Matrix Organization for Market Segment Focus

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  Jeswan SinghPS, Engineer, Malaysia

Challenges of the Matrix Organisation

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  Marshall Thomson, General Manager, Australia

Matrix Organisational Structure - Great in Theory...

Practically, this organisational structure has run (...)

  Mark Ploughman, Plant Manager, Canada

Matrix Organizations Require a Lot of Coordination

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  Rob Snelders, Managing Partner, Netherlands

Whenever Managers and Systems Can Handle Multiple Views on the Same Organization

The basic answer is simple: the matrix is useful w (...)

  Mahmoud Al-Fayyad, Career Consultant, Jordan

Necessity of MO

A matrix organization is useful whenever the task (...)

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