Chair of Organization Theory and Design

Strategic choice of matrix sturcutres in international companies

Project members: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Joachim Wolf and Prof. William G. Egelhoff

Even though more than 20% of big international companies are using the matrix structure as their basic organizational structure, there are basically no findings on which kind of internationalization strategy requires which type of matrix structure. For this project we therefore conceptualize fits of internationalization strategies and types of matrix structures and test them empirically in a sample of 116 international companies. The findings support the developed conceptual framework widely.  Consequently, this project contributes to the deployment of a more complex and more specific theory of international matrix-structured companies.