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What are the advantages and disadvantages of matrix management?

With the different types of organizational management types emerging, I would like to know the advantages and the disadvantages of matrix management.
asked 9 years ago by anonymous

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There are several advantages to matrix management, including:

- More authority for the Project Manager
- Only selected and adequate resources are assigned to the project
- It's a step towards a projectized organization, where any activity inside the company is treated as a project, with a clear start and end date.

Now for the disadvantages:

- More conflicts between Functional Managers and Project Managers, because Project Managers will feel emboldened by their increased authority.
- Overhead and redundancy in lower management (e.g. why have a Functional Manager when Project Manager is doing all the job).
- Complexity in the organizational structure of the organization (multiple managers, communication overhead, etc...)
answered 9 years ago by humblepm (17,390 points)

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