An efficient organizational structure balances market and synergy orientation and enables project management and processes to develop their full strength. However, organizations need a certain structure to achieve this. Therefore, we support you in structuring your organization to support your strategy and processes.
The right organization lets your processes unfold its full potential
Organization always follows strategy and the related processes. Only if the structure provides all necessary roles, functions, competencies and capacities, can project management and processes take full effect. The organizational structure always tries to balance market, product or customer orientation on the one hand, and synergy orientation on the other. Successful companies achieve this by using a matrix organization.
You first encounter this pursuit of balance at the corporate level: in the cooperation of the R&D units with business units, product lines or customer lines. While the business units have entrepreneurial responsibility and provide an integrated process chain up to the customer, the R&D unit must ensure synergies and an agile allocation of resources.
In the R&D organization, we implement the same principles. Here, the matrix proves useful as well: If you have represented product lines as business units in the company, the R&D department requires a cross-functional module responsibility vertically; horizontally, it requires advanced development, subject matter pools, prototyping and verification/validation.
Global R&D networks
If you have distributed your R&D resources globally, you need to organize how these resources cooperate in an efficient global R&D network. An existing network has often grown organically, is disordered, opaque and fragmented. With a clear role-based model and interface agreements, you can bring order to the network.
Project management organization
The project management organization is inherently temporary. However, it must permanently provide necessary roles, skills and capacities in terms of structure. For professional project management, you need full-time project managers attached to a business-responsible management unit or central project office (PMO), as well as efficient, cross-functional project teams.
Personnel and organizational development
Qualifying and developing managers to meet your organiziation’s needs is more crucial than ever to ensure competitiveness. In this context, personnel development and organizational development cooperate closely: companies need to firmly implement both as permanent tasks and provide efficient processes.
- Organizational structure follows and supports strategy and processes.
- An efficient, lean organization balances market and synergy orientation.
- Globally distributed R&D resources unleash their potential only if they are organized in a transparent, structured R&D network.
- Professional project management requires full-time project managers acting across disciplines as well as complete project teams.