Designing Organizations: An Executive Guide to Strategy, Structure, and Process Revised 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0787957452
ISBN-10: 0787957453
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"The book would be excellent for executives and managers..." (Quality Progress, August 2002)

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Praise for the first edition of Designing Organizations

"The clarity with which Galbraith explains design options. . . .is a welcome addition to the growing literature on organizational designs for the 21st century. . . . I will adopt this book whenever I teach organizational design to MBA students or executives."
Personnel Psychology

"A distillation of design concepts, bringing together both old standbys and the latest ideas, focusing on structures and processes at the heart of organizational design."
Stern's Management Review

"Jay Galbraith is the architect for CEOs, human resource executives, and all others responsible for building organizational capability. His design principles and models are an excellent foundation for shaping an effective organization."
— Stephen Balogh, vice president, human resources, Raychem Corporation

"A must-read for anyone who is ready for a dose of clear thinking on organizational strategy and design. Jay Galbraith understands strategy and structure better than anyone I know."
— Edward E. Lawler, director, Center for Effective Organizations

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Pfeiffer; 2nd edition (November 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787957453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787957452
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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86 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Gerard Kroese on December 28, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Jay R. Galbraith is an internationally recognized expert on organization design. He is a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Effective Organizations at the University of Southern California and Professor Emeritus at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland. This book is a updated/revised edition of 'Designing Organizations' which was originally published in 1995. It is split up into 10 chapters.
Chapter 1 - Introduction - really sets the stage for the rest of the book. It discusses the six main organization shapers: the increase buyer power; increase in the number of products and services; the Internet; multiple dimensions (functions, products, and geography, but also customer segments, solutions or offerings, and channels and processes); the requirement for a capacity to change; and speed (in bringing products and services to the market).
The following two chapters discuss how companies have to shape their organizational design, strategy, and structure in order how to deal with these organization shapers. Galbraith introduces his copyrighted Star Model (Strategy, structure, people, rewards, and processes), which looks AND sounds very similar to McKinsey's 7-S framework. Chapters 4 and 5 build on these chapter and discuss how organizations have to link their processes to coordination needs and integrate group processes.
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By Michele Seese on February 9, 2015
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Needed for school
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vera Dirnfeld on July 22, 2014
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