Structures – Processes – Workflow

Hierarchy and network

The structuring of an organization as a hierarchy or as a network is often treated as a contradiction. In fact, networks are necessary as well as hierarchy. The art is the balance between the two.

Hierarchy Example

A hierarchy ensures that the organization is coherent, has a common goal.

The flow of information in a hierarchy is typically slow.

Network Example

A network is fast in communication, can adapt and reconfigure.

It is not easy for a network to maintain a coherent direction.

Kotter on hierarchy and network