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Distributed decision-making authority

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!