Heterarchical structures allow faster and broader interpretation of information, but also demand higher interpretative capabilities by management. Given traditional and often still normal ‘linearly’ organized procedures and structures, these interpretative capabilities determine to a large extent the success of an organization – as Edith Penrose already highlighted.
On the other hand, functional and departmental decomposability, i.e. separable modularity of an organization correlates with flexibility, adaptability and ease of change of an organization.
Does measurement of decomposability (e.g. based on Simon’s near decomposability) allow for a measurement and thus management of organizational complexity? What do you think?