Refer to Scenario 2. What are the conditions under which you could reasonably consider a matrix structure for this organisation?

(A) Both local responsiveness and global standardisation of teaching methods are equally important for your strategy; efficiency is not a critical concern; and your teaching staff is capable of balancing the demands of reporting into two bosses

(B) Both local responsiveness and global efficiency are really important for your strategy; and your teaching staff is capable of balancing the demands of reporting into two bosses

(C) Global standardisation is actually most important for your strategy, but you do need some local adaptation, mainly for regulatory purposes.

(D) Local responsiveness is actually most important but you would like to be able to coordinate the standardised teaching methods as well

Explanation

A matrix structure for this organisation can be considered when the following conditions are met:

(1) The teaching staff have no problems in reporting to two bosses because the matrix structure is based on dual manager theory.

(2) Efficiency is not the most critical concern of the organisation.

(3) Both local responsiveness and global standardisation are equally part of the business strategy.

Conclusion

This question is a part of the Weekly Quiz 3 section from the Organisational design: Know your organisation course. You can check out all the quiz answers to this exam in our Organisational design: Know your organisation Quiz Answers page.

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