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.

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