How to Define a Matrix Structure

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A matrix structure is the framework used by a business to define the operational management, channels of communication and levels of responsibility for employees. Discover how the matrix structure of a business provides an efficient way of getting things done with information from a certified public accountant in this free video on business terms.

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Let's define a matrix structure. A matrix structure is a framework for the operation of a business depicting its leadership, its operational management and its rank and file employees. It defines the channels of communication and the levels of responsibility within a business. It provides us with the rules shall we say of who talks to who and who makes the decisions above a certain rank. For instance in the military, a private wouldn't go talk to a general, he'd have a path for his communications to talk to his sergeant and his sergeant would talk to the lieutenant and the lieutenant would talk to the colonel and the colonel would talk to the general thus providing an efficient way to get things done within the business.

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