Spotify’s unusual combination of squads, tribes, chapters, and guilds is the organizational infrastructure that underlies the company’s operating model. At first reading, it might sound like just another way to define a conventional organizational matrix in Millennial- and digital-friendly terms. But a closer examination reveals just how different the model really is and why it seems to work so well.
Mostly, when organizations grow at such exponential rates they attempt to fight chaos by (unwillingly) increasing bureaucracy, creating silos, and crumbling the unique aspects that made them successful in the first place. The result: uninspiring workplaces in which people are bored, uninspired, and disengaged. Spotify is renowned for successfully addressing these challenges during their transformation from being the “new kid on the block” to an organization that spans the globe.
Article by Corporate Rebels
Spotify is known across the globe for its unique organizational structure. The Corporate Rebels explain how it works and what it’s like to work in a structure with Squads, Tribes, Alliances, and Guilds.