The following books and articles cover methods of delayering organizational structure,
which has become fairly common as organizations strive to become leaner to improve
productivity as well as workplace communication. A horizontal, rather than pyramid,
structure not only allows greater worker empowerment, but also makes communicating
vision throughout the organization an easier task. A flattened organization requires
fewer managers, is less bureaucratic, and can produce more cross-functional employees.
Achieving such an organizational structure is not always a simple task, as several
of the cited articles cover in their case studies.