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Strategically Speaking November 2015: How Can Leaders Maintain Control in Networked Organisations?

In this series, Palladium asks expert strategy practitioners to share their experiences and opinions. We asked:

Industrial Era organisational structures based on vertical hierarchies and defined functions are no longer fit for purpose in a landscape that is increasingly “boundary-less.” A networked organisation, in contrast, connects together by informal networks (e.g., relational contracts) and the demands of the task, rather than a formal organisational structure.

In order to deliver on strategic goals, how must leaders shape management processes to exploit the benefits of boundary-less working without losing the control enabled by conventional hierarchies and functional working?