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"If your organization is ready for transformation, The Boundaryless Organization will provide a simple but provocative framework either for getting started or for accelerating the pace."
— from the foreword by Lawrence A. Bossidy, chairman and CEO, Honeywell Corporation
"This is the best book on globalization and the seamless organization that I have read."
— David H. Komansky, chairman and CEO, Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.
"A very important contribution."
— from the foreword by C. K. Prahalad, coauthor of Competing for the Future
"Attacks the very core of traditional management structure, with all of its walls, boundaries, and limitations."
— Quality Progress
"Outlines how companies can make the change from rigid structures to ones where ideas, resources, and information can flow freely."
— HR Strategies & Tactics
"A refreshing guide to innovative ways to do business . . . . Each part includes a questionnaire that readers can use to determine where they stand on a continuum between boundaried and boundaryless status."
— Journal of Management Consulting
Posted August 8, 2006
Much have been said and written about organizations in the twenty-first century, but few explain how a organization function and what this organization in the twenty-first century really implies, if this organization want to survive in a long run. The authors have done an extraordinary job to lay out in plain language and examples from many organization, to show the real difficulties that boundaries cause in today¿s business and the practical solutions that managers and consultants are currently applying. The authors help readers evaluate their organizations¿ own structural boundaries and need and readiness for change. According to the authors organizations have always had and will continue to have boundaries. Managers and organizational theorists still focused on organizational structure as their primary vehicle for achieving effectiveness. According to the authors organizations that move quickly are flexible. A world of rapid change makes innovation essential. Doing today¿s work in today¿s way becomes outdated quickly, so boundaryless organizations constantly search for the new, the different, and the unthinkable. Boundaries also give people a place to hide. In an organization with permeable boundaries, ineffective performance is highly visible, not just to a few people but to many. People with big egos don¿t want to share information or even know how things work. According to the authors traditional organizations give lower-level employees skills training while senior employees receive strategic education, but boundaryless organizations offer all employees similar strategic education. This does not mean that traditional organizations do not have competent people. The authors believe that loosing vertical boundaries takes both wiring, to provide the framework for the long term, and tuning, to generate momentum for the short term, and organizations need to move people out in a constructive way, as a part of the firm¿s natural evolution. Boundaryless horizontal organizations require exquisite, flexible teamwork. Focusing on the business goal and the collaborative agenda, teams can learn on how to work across horizontal boundaries. People in a boundaryless value chain share information much more freely than people who work as solo in an organization. In the boundaryless world, successful organizations have new sale priorities. Instead of pushing product, salespeople advise customers and help them crystallize supply sales people create a pull for product. You can get much more movement by pulling on a chain than by pushing on it. The authors argued that it is one thing to plan organizational strategies and drive the organization toward greater speed, flexibility, integration, and innovation. It is another thing entirely to be responsible for career disruptions, layoffs, and family crises. But there is no doubt that the boundaryless world will be a new world for leadership as well for the troops. Who is this book for? Management consultants, MBA students, trainers of entrepreneurship, professionals working on building visions en missions and if you are interesting in strategic stretch. Al long as you keep learning along the way and building your learning back into your organization or business your will keep making progress toward the boundaryless organization and your of for the business in the twenty-first century.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.