Chain of Command

In 20+ years at NGS, we never saw a comprehensive org chart of the Society.
So kudos to the Harvard Business School for publishing at least a partial one.

(click here for a larger version)

from a Harvard Business School case study by Garvin & Knoop

  • VERY partial. Completely omits Corporate Services (which includes yours truly; admittedly, it’s internal service so perhaps not as immediately relevant to members & consumers) and is out-of-date (John Q. Griffin & Nina Hoffman). Very interesting however.

    • There’s a note at the top, just under John Fahey’s name — that says “NGS Organizational Services (detail attached)” — but I don’t see those details in the HBS document. And you’re right, it’s already out of date. But in your years at NGS, have you ever seen a complete org chart? I never did.

      I’m also intrigued by how the profit & non-profit sides of NGS are so commingled. In two years, what will distinguish the for-profit “Digital Media” division (salmon color; John Caldwell) from, say, Books? Convergence is not just about technology, but about org charts too. For if you’re a platform guy — and John Fahey is (paper mags over here; TV over there; mobile apps down there; etc.) — then what happens when all the platforms collapse into one or two devices? How does that impact your organization? What happens to all the silos you’ve created?

      And: How do you maintain a straight face when explaining to the IRS that the blue areas (above) are tax-exempt — despite the fact that the blue products are commingled with the salmon ones on your iPad?

      Begin the betting pool: How long before John throws in the towel… shades most of the org chart in that salmon hue … and then establishes other News Corp-like partnerships?

  • xxxxxxxxx There’s a note at the top, just under John Fahey’s name — that says “NGS Organizational Services (detail attached)” — but I don’t see those details in the HBS document. And you’re right, it’s already out of date. But in your years at NGS, have you ever seen a complete org chart? I never did.

    I’m also intrigued by how the profit & non-profit sides of NGS are so commingled. In two years, what will distinguish the for-profit “Digital Media” division (salmon color; John Caldwell) from, say, Books? Convergence is not just about technology, but about org charts too. For if you’re a platform guy — and John Fahey is (paper mags over here; TV over there; mobile apps down there; etc.) — then what happens when all the platforms collapse into one or two devices? How does that impact your organization? What happens to all the silos you’ve created?

    And: How do you maintain a straight face when explaining to the IRS that the blue areas (above) are tax-exempt — despite the fact that the blue products are commingled with the salmon ones on your iPad?

    Begin the betting pool: How long before John throws in the towel… shades most of the org chart in that salmon hue … and then establishes other News Corp-like partnerships?

NO NEW POSTS will be published here after February 6, 2014. THIS IS WHY.