Matrix Organization: Define Matrix Types

In a matrix organization, two different structures overlap on the same hierarchical level, that is to say, a vertical structure is combined with a horizontal structure. With relation to Organizational Management, the points where the two structures intersect can represent the positions, which are responsible for carrying out the tasks in both the vertical and horizontal structures.

In this step, you define matrix types, which, depending on the object types you have chosen to display in the two dimensions, describe a particular manifestation of your matrix organization.

First, you specify the start objects that will be arranged in the horizontal and vertical dimensions of your matrix organization.

By entering an evaluation path for both dimensions ("SBESX", for example), you determine which additional object types are to be displayed in the matrix view and which object structures are to be displayed in the projeciton view. Finally, you specify the type of relationship (matrix relationship) between the objects and the two dimensions.


The following example explains the impact of a matrix organization on business:


    1. Choose 'New entries'.
    2. Enter an abbreviation of up to 10 characters and a description of up to 25 lines for the new matrix type. You may use the entries "division" and "division organization" in the above example.
    3. Enter a description of the dimension of up to 25 lines and select an object type (in the above example "central area" and "division", as well as object types "O" and "IL")
    4. By entering an evaluation path (in example: "SBESX"), you detemine which structure in the dimension and in the projection view can be displayed. Entering an evaluation path is unnecessary if the objects in a dimension (division, for example) do not form a structure.
    5. Select the name of the matrix relationship which is to apply to the relationship between objects in the two dimensions (A/B222, see above).

Further notes

You can enter the matrix type you have created in this step when you go in to matrix maintenance. The parameters will be transferred into the subsequent dialog box. Simply enter the start objects of the two dimensions.