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What are the benefits of a flat organisational structure?


Adam Kingl
Author, Educator, Keynote Speaker, Advisor

A study conducted in 2010 predicted that more than 40% of the U.S. workforce will be freelancers by 2020. That’s up from 30% in 2006 and represents more than 60 million contractors, temporary employees and self-employed. Employers now have a choice to make about how they collaborate with the densely inhabited population of portfolio career Gen Ys. These choices come with different implications for what our organisational charts may look like. About a fifth of the world’s economic activity per year is now organized around projects. Over the next decade, companies are expected to experience a sixty-eight percent increase in project work. Organising company structure around project work, then, maybe a much more commonsensical approach.

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Matt Marsh, Business Breakthrough Specialist. Consultant, Coach, Author & Visiting Professor

Matt Marsh
Business Breakthrough Specialist, Consultant, Coach, Author, Visiting Professor

This is a trick question. If only it was one (flat) or the other (siloed), but in reality. This is rarely the case. But breaking down hierarchies does ensure more honest and faster communication - especially critical when things aren't going perfectly.

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Flooris Van Der Walt
Author, Executive, Mindset Transformational Coach

A flat organizational structure gives the opportunity that everyone can speak to everyone else on a more equal level – meaning; without a strongly established hierarchy. The connecting and listening are made easier so that the acting is more to the benefit of all.

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