Benko, Cathleen

The corporate lattice: achieving high performance in the changing world of work Benko, Cathleen - Boston Harvard Business School Press 2010 - xi, 205 p.

The workplace is not what it used to be and neither is the workforce. Todays companies have fewer hierarchical layers. The nature of work is also more virtual, collaborative, and transparent than at any previous time. Information flows move every which way, shifting from top down to all in. And the workforce is forever altered too. Sweeping changes in expectations across backgrounds, experiences, generations, and gender are challenging long held, inflexible beliefs of the relationship between work and life and the very meaning of success. These transformations, observe Cathy Benko and Molly Anderson, are also upending the ways people advance along their career paths. Careers zig and zag. Work is what you do, not where you go. The traditional corporate ladder, firmly rooted in the industrial era, proffers a one size fits all view of the world of work. In this book, the authors argue convincingly that a lattice model is better suited for todays global business environment. The Corporate Lattice provides a framework to scale options for how careers are built, how work is done, and how participation is fostered. The corporate lattice model offers leaders a strategic approach to making the most of the shifting landscape by: Recognizing that there is no longer a universal view of success but rather a multiplicity of ways to grow and contribute. Challenging traditional models that pit high performance and career life fit as opposing forces. Providing a cost effective, systematic method to deliver more individualized and engaging work experiences. Offering much more than theory, the authors illustrate the lattice model using rich, in depth case studies of exemplars including Cisco, Deloitte LLP, and Thomson Reuters. They also explore the changing role each individual plays in directing his or her own lattice journey.


Organizational effectiveness
Manpower planning
Employee motivation
Career development


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