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For decades, theorists have urged companies to adopt alternative structures – often pointing to networked designs. But few organizations have embraced such structures. According to the authors of this 2008 white paper – a PowerPoint presentation from the Beyond Budgeting Transformation Network – they’ve lacked a full account of the principles behind networked structures and a road map for implementation. This presentation makes the case for cell networked structures, outlining their benefits and essential elements. It provides only an introduction; executives will have to look elsewhere for detailed information about principles and implementation.

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Gebhard Borck, Valeria Junqueira, Niels Pflaeging and Andreas Zeuch are associates with the Beyond Budgeting Transformation Network. 

 

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As the business world becomes more complex and dynamic, Taylorism – the separation of functions and departments, along with top-down command-and-control – fails to serve organizations. Instead, networked cell structures enable highly devolved organizations, where decentralized decision making permits radical empowerment. Cell structures draw on people’s full capabilities. Instead of top-down command-and-control and a “make-and-sell approach,” cell structures embody an outside-in philosophy and a “sense-and-respond approach.” The four structural elements of cell network organizations include:


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