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Organizational Design
A Step-by-Step Approach

2nd Edition

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  • In today's volatile business environment, it is more important than ever that managers, whether of a global multinational or a small team, should understand the fundamentals of organizational design. Written specifically for executives and executive MBA students, the new edition of this successful book provides a step-by-step “how to” guide for designing an organization. It features comprehensive coverage of the key aspects of organizational design, including goals, strategy, process, people, coordination, control and incentives. These aspects are explained through the use of a unique series of 2 x 2 graphs that provide an integrated, spatial way to assess and plan organizational design. The new edition features a number of important improvements, including a new framework for understanding leadership and organizational climate, the introduction of the concept of manoeuvrability and a completely new chapter examining joint ventures, mergers, partnerships and strategic alliances.

    • Comprehensive coverage of the key aspects of organizational design, including goals, strategy, process, people, coordination, control and incentives
    • Focuses on actions not just theory, with a range of pedagogical aids (including diagnostic questions, 'fits and misfits' and end-of-chapter summaries) helping readers to understand and determine the changes needed in an organization
    • New edition features a number of important improvements, including a new framework for understanding leadership and organizational climate, the introduction of the concept of manoeuvrability and a completely new chapter examining joint ventures, mergers, partnerships and strategic alliances
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    Reviews & endorsements

    “This book is a treasure chest of knowledge on how to design organizations to achieve strategic goals. It is among the best researched and most useful business books ever written, and it is authored by three of the foremost scholars in the field of organization design. In one word: superb.”
    – Felipe Csaszar, Assistant Professor of Strategy, INSEAD

    “This edition of Organization Design: A Step-by-Step Approach is a must for CEOs, managers and students. The authors synthesize decades of research into an essential set of concepts and actionable steps that will prove invaluable for anyone charged with leading and managing an organization. Of particular interest in today’s climate will be the organization design perspective on M&A, alliances and joint ventures.”
    – Phanish Puranam, School Chair Professor of Strategic and International Management and Co-Director of the Aditya Birla India Centre, London Business School

    “How an organization is designed clearly affects its performance. Organizational Design: A Step-by-Step Approach gives managers the tools they need to analyze the present design of their organization and to make appropriate changes to it. Organization design is still more art than science, but this book provides the latest thinking about the variables involved and how to arrange them for maximum efficiency and effectiveness.”
    – Charles Snow, Mellon Foundation Professor of Business Administration, Smeal College of Business, Penn State University

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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: December 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781139098229
    • contains: 37 b/w illus. 12 tables
    • availability: Adobe Reader ebooks available from eBooks.com
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    Preface to second edition
    An outline of the step-by-step approach
    Part I. Step 1 - Getting Started:
    1. Define the scope of the organization and assess its goals
    Part II. Step 2 - Strategy:
    2. Strategy
    3. Environment
    Part III. Step 3 - Structure:
    4. The configuration and complexity of the firm
    5. Distributed organizations
    Part IV. Step 4 - Process and People:
    6. Task design
    7. People
    8. Leadership and organizational climate
    Part V. Step 5 - Coordination and Control:
    9. Coordination, control, and information systems
    10. Incentives
    Part VI. Applying the Step-by-Step Approach in a Dynamic World:
    11. Design dynamics: managing change and multi-organizations
    12. New forms and multi-unit organizations: building on the fundamentals
    References
    Index.

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    Organizational Design

    Richard M. Burton, Børge Obel, Gerardine DeSanctis

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    Richard M. Burton, Duke University, North Carolina
    Richard M. Burton is Professor of Management at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.

    Børge Obel, Aarhus Universitet, Denmark
    Børge Obel is Professor of Organization and Rector of the Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus University.

    Gerardine DeSanctis, Duke University, North Carolina
    Gerardine DeSanctis was Thomas F. Keller Professor of Business Administration at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.

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