Designing Organizations For Collaboration

It's still curious to hear organizational leaders yearn for cross-functional collaboration while maintaining fairly fixed functional identities, with their own metrics, budgets, meetings and rituals.  I'm not arguing against these. I'm interested in actually designing for new levels of collaboration. For example, having people from different functions pair with two or three people from other functions for monthly coffee or tea. As simple as this is, I cannot say how many organizations spend incredible amounts of lip service to collaboration and don't even do things as simple as this. With a little imagination, we could cook up endless pathways to the same intent.