Monday, August 23, 2010
[IWS] ADB: BRIDGING ORGANIZATIONAL SILOS [July 2010]
IWS Documented News Service
Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies
16 East 34th Street, 4th floor---------------------- Stuart Basefsky
New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Bridging Organizational Silos
By Olivier Serrat
[full-text, 5 pages]
To develop and deliver products and services, large organizations rely on teams.
Yet, the defining characteristics of these often hamper collaboration among
different parts of the organization. The root cause is conflict: it must be accepted then
actively managed. Promoting effective cross-functional teams demands that an
enabling environment be built for that.
What’s in a Word?
A silo is a tall, self-contained cylindrical structure
that is used to store commodities such as grain
after a harvest. It is also a figure of speech for
organizational entities—and their management
teams—that lack the desire or motivation to
coordinate (at worst, even communicate) with other
entities in the same organization. Wide recognition
of the metaphor intimates that structural barriers
in sizable organizations often cause units to work
against one another: silos, politics, and turf wars
are often mentioned in the same breath.
An organization is a social arrangement to pursue a collective intent. Coordination,
and the requisite communication it implies, is fundamental to organizational performance
toward that. Yet, many organizations grapple with the challenge of connecting the
subsystems they have devised to enhance specific contributing functions.
AND MUCH MORE….
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