Silos and Slabs in Organizations

Mintzberg, Henry

Many of today’s organizations are highly-structured and complex, which can make communicating and getting the job done difficult. We look at two characteristics of their formal structures – silos and slabs - and the challenges they present to managing, and then investigate ways to manage across and beyond them.

This topic will provide you with an opportunity to:

  • Understand the effects of silos and slabs within organizations.
  • Understand how these structures can act as barriers to getting things done.
  • Challenge yourselves to manage together beyond formal structure.

Here's How it Works


Our 90-minute discussion modules are intended to be printed out and used by a team of 5 or 6 managers meeting in person or phone/video call. One of the managers acts as the facilitator, or a internal or external facilitator/coach supports the session.

World renowned thinkers such as Mintzberg, Schein, Adler, Ulrich, and over 40 more have captured their ideas and pedagogy on a broad range of topics in our 75 discussion modules. These contain the content and questions to guide your sessions, beginning with reflective discussions on personal experiences and ending with new insights and learnings. Organizations use these as the foundation for innovative leadership training and change management programs.

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