New Organizational Designs

Information Aspects

Author: Bob Travica

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 174

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The organizational world today has been characterized in various terms - turmoil, chaos, the age of paradox and unreason. Common to all these characterizations is that the conventional wisdom fails in responding to novel challenges triggered by the pervasive and radical change of organizations. Information, knowledge, information worker and information technology are at the epicenter of these changes and surprises. This book explores new organizational designs, such as, the network and virtual organization from the information perspective. In addition, proposed is a model of the nontraditional organization in which information work evolves around teams that directly serve customers. This model was put on a test, and elements of the nontraditional organization were identified in firms that have been around for quite some time - the public accounting industry, and specifically its technologically most advanced segment. The book aims at transferring experience and facilitating interest for methods of organizing suitable for the information age.

New Approaches to Organization Design

Theory and Practice of Adaptive Enterprises

Author: Dorthe Døjbak Håkonsson

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 172

View: 559

Organization design is a key feature of management theory and practice. It addresses the challenges of constructing and maintaining effective organizations. Essential to organizational design is the assumption that it can improve organizations. Faced with the ever-accelerating pace of technological change and the restructuring of markets, many firms have been questioning their own organization. This book is the third to emerge from a series of workshops on organization design, featuring new empirical research and theoretical insights. The chapters are organized around four central themes: 1) Towards New Organizational Forms, 2) Dynamics of Adaptation and Change, 3) Theoretical and Practical issues, 4) Fit and Performance. Collectively, the chapters reflect the state of the art of OD as well as provide a further step towards the evolution of this important field of research.

Organization Design

Author: Naomi Stanford

Publisher: Routledge


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

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Organization Design looks at how you need to change the ways your organization does things in order to increase productivity, performance, and profit. Providing the knowledge and method to handle the kind of recurring organisational change that all businesses face, those which do not involve transforming the entire enterprise but which necessitate significant change at the business unit, divisional, functional, facility or local levels. The problem lies in knowing what needs to change and how to change it. Taking the organisation as a designed system, it describes four major elements of organizations: the work - the basic tasks to be done by the organisation and its parts, the people - characteristics of individuals in the organization, formal organization - structures eg the organisation hierarchy, processes, and methods that are formally created to get individuals to perform tasks, informal organization - emerging arrangements including variations to the norm, processes, and relationships, commonly described as the culture or 'the way we do things round here'. The way these four elements relate, combine and interact affects productivity, performance and profit. Most books on this subject target a wide management audience rather than HR, this is specifically written for HR practitioners and line managers working together to achieve the goal. It clarifies why and how organisations need to be in a state of readiness to design or redesign and emphasises that people as well as business processes must be part of design considerations.

Designing Organization Design

A Human-Centred Approach

Author: Rodrigo Magalhães

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

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As a topic, organization design is poorly understood. While it is featured in most management books as a chapter dedicated to organizational structures, it is unclear whether organization design is a one-off event or an ongoing process. Thus, it has traditionally been understood to be the same as an organizational configuration, with neat lines of communication and distribution of responsibilities following pre-set typologies. Yet what can be said to constitute organizational structure in this first half of the 21st century? The extraordinary growth of digital communications, the decreasing relevance of hierarchical bureaucracies, and the general demise of command-and-control have all but decimated the traditional notion of organizational structure. Organization design needs a theoretical revamping. Using a mix of design and social science theories and concepts, Rodrigo Magalhães outlines a new human-centric interpretation of design, design principles, and design culture. He puts forward a paradigm where the organization, for purposes of its design, is considered to be a social actor in a permanent state of transformation, with significant repercussions for social and economic life. He also proposes a model of 'leaderful organization design', distinguished as practice-based, guided by values of democratic participation, and driven by design logics which places meaning-making and meaning-taking at the center of organizational life and can be adopted and adapted to suit different environments.

Organization Design

Creating Strategic & Agile Organizations

Author: Donald L. Anderson

Publisher: SAGE Publications


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 352

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Structured around Jay Galbraith’s famed "Star Model", the book explores the five interrelated elements of organization design: strategy, structure, processes, rewards, and people, and uses these factors to advise students on how to be effective when designing and redesigning organizations. Anderson blends classic and contemporary theories with cutting-edge research and new literature reviews to provide students with a well-rounded perspective on organization design. He also prepares students for the modern workplace by promoting the importance of strategy and agility in organization design, this is covered in the chapter on Reorganizing, Managing Change, and Transitions, which explores the challenges of changing an existing design and best practices for managing change. Each chapter features a ‘Global Considerations’ section that highlights international issues in organization design, and all other content is supported by real-world case studies and exercises, providing students with practical opportunities to develop their skills. There is a stand-alone "Organization design simulation activity" at the back of the book which puts students in the role of a design practitioner, this can be reused throughout a course and adapted to include the specific concepts and ideas that a student has covered. The book is supported by online resources for instructors, including Test banks, PowerPoint slides, Multimedia content, free SAGE journal content, case notes, and discussion questions for the classroom Suitable reading for students of organizational theory, and organization design & development.

Organizational Design that Sticks!

Author: Dale Albrecht





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Why do 70% of organizational changes fail?Why do employees have to endure negative and repeated reorganizations?Higher success rates require a multidisciplinary approach along with a full view of the business ecosystem. When approached this way, success rates jump dramatically!This book builds upon the body of knowledge in organizational design and explores how to approach the design of organizations to drive and sustain business performance improvement. The methods and models put forth, focus on the integration of organizational design with other disciplines that collectively improve the business ecosystem such as: Value Chain, Supply Chain, Value Disciplines, Lean Sigma, Business Process Management, Workforce Automation, Systems Thinking, Organizational Capabilities, Project Management, and Change Management. The business ecosystems viewpoint makes this book applicable and valuable to boards, executive management, organizational design practitioners, and human resources professionals.

Organization Design

Author: John Joseph

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 360

View: 785

Advances in Strategic Management is dedicated to communicating innovative, new research that advances theory and practice in Strategic Management. This volume focuses on organization design and collaborative ways of working.

Organization Design

Simplifying complex systems

Author: Nicolay Worren

Publisher: Routledge


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 310

View: 594

A well-designed organization is an effective organization. Decisions about organization design determine the shape and form of the organization – not only the reporting structure and authority relations, but also the number and size of sub-units and the interfaces between the sub-units. Indirectly, such decisions affect individual productivity as well as the organization’s ability to attain strategic goals. Organization Design equips the reader with advanced tools and frameworks, based on both research and practical experience, for understanding and re-designing organizations. Particular emphasis is placed on how one can improve effectiveness by simplifying complex roles, processes, and structures. Readers will find thorough conceptual explanations combined with examples from different industries. This updated second edition includes a new chapter about traditional organizational forms, and is complemented by a companion website. This textbook will be essential reading for students, scholars, and practitioners.

Human Factors in Organizational Design and Management-VI

Proceedings of the Sixth International Symposium on Human Factors in Organizational Design and Management Held in The Hague, The Netherlands, August 19-22, 1998

Author: P. Vink

Publisher: Elsevier


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 801

View: 655

This book contains a series of papers that were presented during the Sixth IEA International Symposium on Human Factors in Organizational Design and Management (ODAM '98). The Symposium was sponsored jointly by the International Ergonomics Society, the Dutch Ergonomics Society, NIA TNO and The Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment. These experiences include new ideas, research results, tools, and applications of human-organization interface technology to improving work systems. New technology, changing work force demographics, changing attitudes and values about work and what constitutes real quality of work life, have heightened the need for a true systems approach to optimizing the interfaces between humans, technology and organizational structures and processes. Growing world competition, and the related need to make organizations more productive and efficient, have further intensified this need to improve work systems. This need is reflected in the rapid development of macroergonomics methods and applications since the first of these ODAM Symposia in 1984. What then was recognized by only a few researchers and practitioners has now become a widely accepted part of the human factors/ergonomics discipline. As demonstrated by the papers contained herein, application of macroergonomics is having a very real positive impact on sociotechnical systems internationally. Included in this volume are a broad selection of papers on theory, methodology, tools, research findings, and case studies from leading professionals throughout the world. This volume thus provides the reader with some of the latest developments in human-organization interface technology. Collectively, these papers should provide the reader with a good conceptual understanding of the ergonomic approach to work system design, and of its tremendous potential for improving work systems and the human condition in all cultures.

Computing Handbook, Third Edition

Information Systems and Information Technology

Author: Heikki Topi

Publisher: CRC Press


Category: Mathematics

Page: 1522

View: 563

Computing Handbook, Third Edition: Information Systems and Information Technology demonstrates the richness and breadth of the IS and IT disciplines. The second volume of this popular handbook explores their close links to the practice of using, managing, and developing IT-based solutions to advance the goals of modern organizational environments. Established leading experts and influential young researchers present introductions to the current status and future directions of research and give in-depth perspectives on the contributions of academic research to the practice of IS and IT development, use, and management Like the first volume, this second volume describes what occurs in research laboratories, educational institutions, and public and private organizations to advance the effective development and use of computers and computing in today’s world. Research-level survey articles provide deep insights into the computing discipline, enabling readers to understand the principles and practices that drive computing education, research, and development in the twenty-first century.