Building a Networked Organization: Restructuring the IT Department at MWH (A) Harvard Case Solution & Analysis

In this first in a string of cases on organizational network analysis (ONA), Vic Gulas, the new head of IT at the engineering consulting firm MWH Consulting, is charged with turning a geographically organized section into one arranged by function. He knows the success of the reorganization will depend on successful cooperation, by looking at a conventional organizational chart but he cannot get a sense of what collaborative relationships do and don't exist.

Instead, Gulas uses ONA, a procedure for mapping relationships among individuals in a group. In the ONA results, Gulas sees a group constrained by hierarchy and other differences in connectivity and still fragmented by geography. Gulas must determine in the A case what measures he can take to align the section's network with its business objectives after examining the exceptionally comprehensive appraisal of working relationships within the IT section.

PUBLICATION DATE: January 12, 2009 PRODUCT #: UV1096-PDF-ENG

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