A Step-by-Step Approach
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- Richard M. Burton, Duke University, North Carolina
- Børge Obel, Aarhus Universitet, Denmark
- Dorthe Døjbak Håkonsson, Aarhus Universitet, Denmark
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Written specifically for executives and MBA students, the third edition of this successful textbook provides a step-by-step guide to designing an organization, from diagnosis, to design and implementation. It provides comprehensive coverage of the key aspects of organizational design, including goals, strategy, process, people, coordination, control, and incentives. Following a new diamond model, fully tested in practice, the book guides readers through an integrated methodology for organizational assessment and planning. It includes a new chapter on project managing organizational change on a practical level, new case studies, extended discussions of new organizational forms, architecture design and knowledge systems, and new practical steps for implementation and change. Visit www.cambridge.org/burton3 for free access to a selection of organizational diagnosis, design and implementation models in Excel, as well as additional case studies, figures and tables from the book.Read more
- 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 understand and determine the changes needed in an organization
- New edition features a number of important improvements, including a greater emphasis on practical project management skills, greater discussion of knowledge systems and a rich package of online tools
- Specifically written for managers, the book follows their natural way of thinking by applying 'misfit' analysis: providing examples of non-optimal situations and walking readers through the steps to fix them
Reviews & endorsements
"The step-by-step approach and structure enable a truly holistic analysis of the organizational architecture in a realistic time frame. This is a rare example of how to turn extremely complex business challenges into tangible actions by adding the right structure and perspective. De-scoping relevant organizational variables to reduce complexity can now be a thing of the past."
Jesper Sørensen, Organisation Design Manager, Shell DownstreamSee more reviews
"This third edition ties organization design and change together tightly to illustrate how to plan and execute change based on a holistic organizational diagnosis. Burton et al.'s approach is firmly based on research and my MBA students quickly appreciate how organizational alignment contributes towards higher performance by using the 2x2 tables and assessing fits and misfits. There is no other organization design book that balances current organization design research with this level of clear applications."
Sylvia J. Flatt, San Francisco State University
"Organizational Design is rich with models and frameworks to deploy against a multitude of organizational needs. The authors recognize that every organization structure represents trade-offs in agility, efficiency, and simplicity. By addressing organization through the lens of the environment and strategy, the authors provide a process for optimizing an organization within the practical constraints each organization inevitably faces. This is a book that goes beyond narrow prescriptions and provides a robust process for designing the ecosystem that makes up highly effective organizations. It is a tour de force of organization design writ large."
Ron Nicol, Senior Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group
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- Edition: 3rd Edition
- Date Published: July 2015
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781316310632
- contains: 39 b/w illus. 18 tables
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
List of figures
List of tables
Preface to first edition
Preface to second edition
Preface to third edition
An outline of the step-by-step approach
Step 1. Getting Started:
1. Assessing scope and goals of the organization
Step 2. Assessing the Strategy:
Step 3. Analyzing the Structure:
4. The configuration of the firm
5. New organizational forms
Step 4. Assessing Processes and People:
6. Task design
8. Leadership and organizational climate
Step 5. Analyzing Coordination, Control and Incentives:
9. Coordination, control, and information and knowledge systems
Step 6. Designing the Architecture:
11. Designing the architecture and the sequence of change
Step 7. Implementing the Architecture:
12. Implementing the change: who should do what when?
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