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Management development as glue technology

Author: Evans, Paul A. L. INSEAD Area: Organisational BehaviourIn: Human Resource Planning, vol. 15, no. 1, 1992 Language: EnglishDescription: p. 85-106.Type of document: INSEAD ArticleNote: Please ask the Library for this articleAbstract: In the global enterprise, one of the major tasks of management development is to provide organizational "glue" - gluing or integrating subsidiaries and other units that need their own autonomy. In this way the firm is able to escape the traditional centralization-decentralization dilemma. The article outlines a hierarchy of tools of glue technology and the pitfalls in their use. It emphasizes the importance of "dosing the glue" so as to focus on building strategic and operational linkages and avoiding the traps of "strong culture" firms. Finally, a paradox is discussed: while the human resource function has an importnnant role to play in managing management development, that function is itself often a prisoner of the centralization-decentralization dilemma
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In the global enterprise, one of the major tasks of management development is to provide organizational "glue" - gluing or integrating subsidiaries and other units that need their own autonomy. In this way the firm is able to escape the traditional centralization-decentralization dilemma. The article outlines a hierarchy of tools of glue technology and the pitfalls in their use. It emphasizes the importance of "dosing the glue" so as to focus on building strategic and operational linkages and avoiding the traps of "strong culture" firms. Finally, a paradox is discussed: while the human resource function has an importnnant role to play in managing management development, that function is itself often a prisoner of the centralization-decentralization dilemma

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