Breaking Down Silos in Your Organization (Harvard Business Review)



Tuck School of Business Professor Vijay Govindarajan says breaking down silos in companies is essential to innovation. (photo courtesy of the Tuck School)

When business leaders are asked what kills innovation in their companies, the answer is often “silos.”

”Silos create an environment where sharing and collaborating for anything other than one silo’s special interests is virtually impossible,“ say Vijay Govindarajan, the Earl C. Daum 1924 Professor of International Business at the Tuck School of Business, and his co-authors say in a Harvard Business Review blog post.

In order to innovate, business leaders must break down the barriers among employees that silos create. The first two steps in the process, argue the authors, are creating a compelling case for innovation and implementing a fully aligned strategic innovation agenda.

Read the full story, published 08/09/11.

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