Breaking the Functional Mind-Set in Process Organizations
8 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2014
Date Written: 1996
If they want employees to take collective responsibility for customers, managers must do more than reorganize. Thousands of businesses have reengineered work in order to focus employees on processes that clearly provide value to customers. Tbey have done away with their functional silos and created new organizational structures-process-complete departments - each able to perform all the crossfunctional steps or tasks required to meet customers' needs. Although many of these efforts have paid off in tbe form of lower costs, shorter cycle times, and greater customer satisfaction, many others have resulted in disappointment: companies have endured the trauma of reengineering only to discover that their performance is no better- and in some cases actually worse - than before.
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