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Designing Organizations: An Executive Guide to Strategy, Structure, and Process Revised Hardcover – November 15, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0787957452 ISBN-10: 0787957453 Edition: 2nd

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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: 2.5 x 3.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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85 of 86 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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vera Dirnfeld on July 22, 2014
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Good read.
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7 of 17 people found the following review helpful By merrymousies on September 6, 2003
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Really good intro to ideas and concepts needed to redesign an organization in terms of its structure. Best if you already have some degree of experience in do it so you can really apply the concepts.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Suleiman Alkahteeb on February 22, 2006
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i have read this book with a great deal of intrest. it was a great help in implementing change and designing a organization structure that is able to deliver on the new strategy.
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mary Tullis on June 27, 2010
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The textbook I ordered was very reasonably priced, shipped and arrived exactly when it said it would, and the quality was exceptional. Will buy again!
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