The company wanted to increase its output of marketable products to step up its growth. For historical reasons, development activities are spread across three R&D facilities in Europe. They benefit from special cooperation arrangements and the company wanted to retain them as competence centres. The goal in this project was to improve inter-location cooperation within the R&D processes by optimising the organisational structure. This optimisation also included cross-divisional interlocking of the R&D departments with Sales and Marketing on the one hand and with Production and Logistics on the other.
In cooperation with the management, various possible versions of the organisational structure were drawn up and assessed with respect to process, collaboration and project mechanics and the incentives associated with them. The top management positions were staffed for the newly optimised basic organizational structure.