In Superior Widget Company's conception of a matrixed organization, you and the other department managers are assigned to a functional area (e.g. you are the manager of the Customer Service Department) and are also expected to work together to assess and solve problems across functional lines. This is often referred to as "managing the white space" between the functions on an organizational chart. You and the other managers are expected to coordinate efforts between all of your respective departments in streamlining organizational processes and in implementing new objectives from upper management.
Identify two potential areas of conflict within or between departments caused by the creation of the new, centralized Customer Service Department. how do you approach the situations with the manager of the Sales Department and other departmental managers to create a cooperative environment within your matrixed organization
The first area of conflict within the customer service department will be those related to proper coordination among the departmental employees, confusion about roles and responsibilities of each employee and degree of authority with respect to decision making. For example, as the department is new, it will take before these employees will be clarified about their respective roles, level of authority in terms of taking decisions regarding customer requests and their own set of roles and duties in the position. In order to eradicate such issues and doubts, the manager o the department will need to ensure ...
Identify two potential areas of conflict within or between departments caused by the creation of the new, centralized Customer Service Department.