Sylos Sindrome & Collaborative Planning

When we think about silos, the very first image that comes to our mind is that of something big, with a great capacity and usually well isolated from the outside environment. All these characteristics are great when the silos in our mind are those used by farmers to store grain, but when we define our company’s functions as “silos”, all these qualities often become disadvantages.
Most manufacturing companies, born out of classical management principles, are still structured into silos-like divisions, with well-defined boundaries and difficult communication processes. While these divisions, based on functions or even geographical areas, find a clear rationale in terms of financial and human resources concerns, they represent an obstacle that significantly hampers the company’s capacity to coordinate its activities and work as a unit.