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December 15, 2015


Jim Spohrer

Very nice concise definition above: a T-shaped organization is both good at the management of its existing operations, as well as being good at the strategy and innovation needed for a healthy future. It’s not so easy to be good at both operations and strategy because they require fairly different talents and cultures.

T-shaped organization is sometimes call an "Ambidextrous organization" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambidextrous_organization

It is also related to James March famous paper on organizational learning: http://pubsonline.informs.org/doi/abs/10.1287/orsc.2.1.71?journalCode=orsc

Finally, Geoffrey Moore has written about "Dealing with Darwin" and "Escape Velocity" which touch on important T-shaped organization thems as well.

I really like the concept of T-shaped organizations. Thanks to IWB for this blog post! More on this topic please!! Also note upcoming T Summit 2016 at National Academies of Science Building in Washington DC on March 21-22, 2015 - see http://tsummit.org

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