Three Sources of Power That Can Create Competitive Advantage For
your organization's infrastructure enable your success or is it
an obstacle to getting the right things done?
One of the
greatest challenges for corporate leaders and strategists is creating
integrated human and organizational systems that enable the successful
achievement of business and technical goals and objectives.
In an era of significant and increasing globalization and complexity,
coupled with the demand for doing most everything faster and cheaper,
an organization's infrastructure must also support collaboration,
innovation, communication, continuous improvement, and reinvention
if your company is to be competitive.
Is your organization
structure an anachronism?
While we live
in an age of rapid change and technological development, the fact
is that organization form and structure have changed very little
over the centuries and are hopelessly out of date. Most contemporary
organizations are built on the dual pillars of bureaucracy and hierarchy.
These are ancient organizational forms that have their origins in
military, governmental, and religious systems that placed a premium
on stability, control, and rules. Though we need some of each, these
are not organization designs of which creativity, initiative, fast
response, and innovation are made. Your organization's design
may, in fact, be obscuring obstacles that make it difficult and
expensive--or even impossible--for even the most talented employees
to do the things and get the results that you require of them.
just layer new processes on top of old, outdated structures and
then wonder why they aren't getting the benefits they'd expected.
recent organization forms on an old structure: teams on top of a
steep hierarchy, or continuous reorganizations, for example--does
not change the fundamental characteristics of that foundation or
the likely outcomes. So even though there are some benefits and
improvements that can be traced to structural and process enhancements,
because they are still impeded by the hard-wired attributes of the
underlying form, the results are often less than promised, and the
ROI is disappointing.
order for today's organizations to respond competitively and successfully
in the current environment, their infrastructures must match,
support, and drive their missions, strategies, values, and technological
is the fundamental system of resources (human, technical, physical,
financial), cultural elements, processes, and structures on which
organizational capability and competence are built and enabled.
Because infrastructure often operates in the background, this unique
combination of important variables is taken for granted. It doesn't
get enough attention, and its value as a way to leverage results
is diminished. Instead, it gets in the way, and infrastructure as
obstacle may be overlooked.
In fact, an
optimal infrastructure is essential to the success of the enterprise
and is a source of competitive advantage for your organization or
systematic attention to the:
we can help
you can create, leverage, and evolve a human and organizational
system that enables and supports the requirements and demands
of today's marketplace.
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