What happens in the “white space” between roles on the Org Chart?
The focus of many of the current management models are either on the individual or the manager-subordinate relationship. Because Requisite Organization focuses on the design of the managerial system as a whole, requisite principles not only address the vertical managerial relationships, but also the lateral or cross-functional task initiating role relationships (TIRRs) as well.
A cross-functional task initiating role relationship (TIRR) is a specified connection between roles in different functions, delineated by well-articulated accountabilities and authorities to ensure the integration of work across the whole organization.
Jaques identified seven cross-functional task initiating role relationships (TIRRs) which are sufficient to produce this cross-functional integration in any organization of any size, in any industry, anywhere in the world.
Role Relationships: The accountability and the authority obtaining between any two roles in a social system. The seven cross-functional task initiating role relationships are: collateral, advisory, service-getting, monitoring, coordinative, auditing, and prescribing.
Readings in Jaques’ Requisite Organization, A Total System … for the 21st Century, second edition [ISBN 1-886436-04-5], see Role Relationships, or How People Work Together, page-pairs 86-94.