What does distributed decision-making authority mean?
An important feature of the Tayloristically influenced organisation is that decisions are usually made centrally and executed in a distributed manner. Thinking and doing are separated. This suggests that decision-making authority increases with proximity to the top of the company.
In New Work, responsibility for making and executing the decision is combined and decentralised. This is because a standard process is not suitable for responding to the diversity of situations and influencing factors. Decision hierarchies are transformed into network-oriented governance structures. These follow new decision-making patterns without hierarchical thinking.
Statements on this trend
Which of the following statements apply to your work environment? Think of concrete examples.
- We take decisions where the relevant information is available
- We reward entrepreneurial beha-viour and bear its consequences
- We align our actions with other teams and share accountability for objectives and solving problems
- We make decisions quickly and with ease
What conclusions have you gained for yourself here? Share it with the whole community! So we all learn together. This is also distributed behaviour!