Summary of Making the Matrix Work

How Matrix Managers Engage People and Cut Through Complexity

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Making the Matrix Work book summary
Welcome to the matrix. Are you ready to influence, collaborate and negotiate?


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Kevan Hall’s consulting firm specializes in matrix management and he clearly believes in it, but he’s so honest about its challenges that he’s almost rueful. He knows that managers who do well in a vertical hierarchy can find the horizontal, silo-smashing, role-shifting, flexible nature of a “matrix organizational structure” frustrating, so he provides helpful tools, explanations and concepts. Hall limns the matrix in terms of its traits, operations, structures and strategies. He works hard to help you feel at home with it. getAbstract recommends his insights to those who work with corporate structure, culture and collaboration. Yet, if you are new to the matrix approach you may want to start with something a bit more basic – just like the vertical structure you are leaving behind.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What a “matrix organizational structure” is;
  • How it cuts across “the traditional vertical structures of function and geography”;
  • How to succeed in a matrix structure; and
  • How the matrix will change you, your firm and the way you work.


The Matrix
In a matrix organization your skills matter more than your status, your role does not define your reach, and you may wake up every morning with “multiple bosses, competing goals, influence without authority and accountability without control.” A “matrix organizational structure...
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About the Author

Kevan Hall, founder and CEO of Global Integration, is the author of Speed Lead.

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