Should Structure Follow Strategy?

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Salah, Sweden

Should Structure Follow Strategy?

When you're creating organization charts, you'll often have to deal with the eternal question: Does structure follow strategy or does strategy follow structure ?
But you have to refine it and relate it to "organisational effectiveness" ...
Thanks folks !


Aditi, India

What comes first: strategy or structure?

According to me, every organisation does follow certain rules and regulations in a disciplined manner. Therefore, structure normally follows strategy. We can say, strategy and structure are co-related and are interdependent.

Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

Structure Follows Strategy. But Often Too Slowly..

A frequent problem with structure following (changes in) strategy is that often this happens too slowly.
Because of inertia, unwillingness and many other motives to resist change. You can witness quite often that an organizational crisis and turnaround management are needed to finally make the organizational structure change happen.

Mariano Talanchuk
HR Consultant, Argentina

Speed of Changes of Structures

Formal structures change slowly, because informal structures change slowly too (habits, traditions, ... Sign up

trent hosen, Trinidad

Structure versus Strategy

In my country (Trinidad), structure for most times comes before strategy, because in most organisati... Sign up

Nathan Caswell
Business Consultant, United States

Structure and Strategy

Structure and Strategy are architectural Form and Function. In material architectures, there is a st... Sign up

Onyangore Peter Ogendi
Teacher, Kenya

Without Strategy There's no Need for Structure

Colleagues, it's strategy that gives birth to structure. You can have very good set structures but w... Sign up

Ramon Reyes
Saudi Arabia

Should Structure Follow Strategy?

I don't think so. The reason why I have the strategy is because I have the structure. If I would l... Sign up

Charles P. Keith
Management Consultant, United States

Strategy or Structure First ⇒ How can we Build Flexible Organization Structures?

@Ramon Reyes: I would add that the question of strategy or structure first is an iterative question.... Sign up

rajat baisya
Professor, India

Structure and Strategy

In my opinion strategy should precede structure and thus structure must follow strategy. A structure... Sign up

Robert Gerth
Project Manager, Sweden

Does Structure Follow Strategy?

My experience is that in practice juvenile, entrepreneurial organizations tend to start with strateg... Sign up

david suirara
Student (MBA), Solomon Islands

Does Structure Follow Strategy or Does Strategy Follow Structure

I agree with the view that structure should follow strategies. But in most public institutions "fund... Sign up

Melanie Keizer

Structure Follows Strategy

The structure should follow the strategy; the structure is one of the vehicles through which the str... Sign up


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