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Can an organization's structure be changed quickly?

We are thinking of moving from a functional to a matrix organizational structure to reduce bureaucracy, increase productivity, and make the life of our project managers easier (well, the latter is the least of our concerns). Our company consists of around 500 employees. How fast can this change occur? (typically how much time will it take?) Is it easy? Is it costly? Do we have to hire more project managers to accommodate this change?
asked 8 years ago by anonymous

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Changing the organization's structure of a company will change its whole culture. In your situation, I think the change will take a long time, and will face a lot of resistance, because many jobs will be threatened, and the authority of many will be challenged under the new organizational structure. If the decision is not firm and not taken from the very top, then expect the organizational change to take a long long time (a year, maybe two) or even fail. Note that such a change may also be very costly, as the company may lose a lot of money and a lot of important personnel (who do not want such a change) during the process.
answered 8 years ago by MaplePM (46,940 points)

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