New Matrix Organization for Construction Worker

by C. B. Tatum, (M.ASCE), Construction Superintendent; Ebasco Services, Inc., P.O. Box 1189, Elma, Wash. 98541,

Serial Information: Issues in Engineering: Journal of Professional Activities, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 4, Pg. 255-267

Document Type: Journal Paper


An organizational change by implementing the matrix form is described. This change became necessary at the site of a power plant project utilizing the construction management delivery system. After reviewing the analysis and decision-making process, the matrix organization which was implemented is described in detail. Implementation is summarized; the revised structure is evaluated, and methods of problem resolution described. The organizational change by implementing the matrix form is successful. It results in more effective management of construction contracts and improved performance. The key improvement is the assignment of single responsibility. This step, combined with the matrix assignment of functional support, coordinates the work of the several departments and provides a single interface with the contractor.

Subject Headings: Labor | Organizations | Matrix (mathematics) | Business organizations | Construction sites | Power plants | Systems management | Project management

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