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A view that managing organizational complexity is a top priority of general counsel

The General Counsel Survey 2009 from the Belgium-based consultants, FrahanBlondé, astutely discusses the issues that are top priority for general counsel (at page 12). Of the 10 issues, the third highest priority (after client relations and efficiency) is to “manage organisational complexity.” What that curious phrase means is that “as the organization model of large companies is becoming more complex, globalised, and fast-changing, many of the General Counsel are struggling to work out an effective organizational matrix for the Legal Department” (at 52).

The report presents the many questions that a chief counsel could ask to arrive at an answer, an organizational answer that should last only as long as the structure of the business clients lasts. To learn more about this report, write Antoine Frahan.

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