A prediction: 7 truths about the organization designs of the future

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Posted by Tiffany McDowell on November 19, 2018.

I’ve been neck-deep in organizational theory and structural design for the last 20+ years. In that time I’ve seen the whys and hows of organizations evolve as the world around us has changed—why they exist, for what purpose, and also how they are structured to fulfill that purpose. There’s also been an element of “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” What will the future hold? Looking ahead, I believe I will see these seven truths go from early concept to standard operating procedures in my time as an influencer in the organization design space!

1. Hierarchy will remain. Will it be flatter and leaner, sure, but the value of nested reporting relationships cannot be wished away. I believe we will stop the madness of adding more and more complex governance in an effort to replace hierarchy that results in turnover, confusion, and endless meetings to figure out who can decide what. We could finally separate compensation and job grade from roles and reporting, which will allow hierarchy to work as intended. For the first time we will likely see benefits

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