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Silo-Busting: Overcoming the Greatest Threat to Organizational Performance

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HPO Center, 1217JC Hilversum, The Netherlands
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DPA Consulting, Guildford GU4 8EP, UK
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Institute for Management Research, Radboud University, 6500HK Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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School of Management, Open University of the Netherlands, 6419AT Heerlen, The Netherlands
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Department of Marketing, Innovation and Organisation, Ghent University, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
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Business School, Hubei University, Wuhan 430062, China
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Kingston Business School, Kingston University, Kingston upon Thames, London KT2 7LB, UK
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Sustainability 2019, 11(23), 6860; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11236860
Received: 5 October 2019 / Revised: 7 November 2019 / Accepted: 27 November 2019 / Published: 2 December 2019
Most organizations are set up to operate in some form of silos, such as vertical divisions or horizontal functions. At best, silos offer a practical way for organizations to operate efficiently. At worst, they create a silo mentality where departments do not want to exchange knowledge or information, hindering internal collaboration and organizational learning, thus preventing achievement of high performance and organizational sustainability. The silo mentality issue has been recognized for a long time as a real tangible problem that has to be dealt with. On the basis of a questionnaire containing statements on organizational strength, collaboration, and silo-busting techniques applied, which was distributed to a sample of mainly large companies, we found that there are five factors that are important for breaking down silos and increasing the quality of cooperation. View Full-Text
Keywords: silos; silo-busting techniques; high performance organizations; knowledge exchange; organizational learning; organizational sustainability silos; silo-busting techniques; high performance organizations; knowledge exchange; organizational learning; organizational sustainability
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de Waal, A.; Weaver, M.; Day, T.; van der Heijden, B. Silo-Busting: Overcoming the Greatest Threat to Organizational Performance. Sustainability 2019, 11, 6860.

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