Five Waves of Organizational Structures LO26508

From: Richard Karash (
Date: 04/12/01

Teresa Budler asked:

>I am a first year M Comm student at the RAU in South Africa. We are
>currently discussion the movement of an organisation from a second wave
>organisation (hierarchical) through the third wave (network organisation) to
>a fourth wave organisation (matrix organisation), and then on to a Learning
>I was wondering if you could assist me in finding some examples of
>organisations were the movement through all three stages have happened
>successfully, with a profitable, "sound" company to show for it. I am
>convinced that the multidimensional, multi cultural environment in South
>Africa, is not unique, so I would appreciate some help on the above
>mentioned topic!
>E-mails can be sent to :

Hi Teresa --

First, I don't think I agree with the position of "matrix" as following
"network" and preceding "learning organization."

That said, I think you should take a look at the big oil companies... I
think they are making the kind of changes you are talking about.

I'm posting this on the LO list with Teresa's permission... Anyone else
have comments on this?

LO readers, what do you think of the idea of five-waves of organizational

   -=- Rick


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