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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (November 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787994944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787994945
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Jay Galbraith and Amy Kates provide the compass, charts, essential tools and supplies for the journey to organization effectiveness in dynamic times. Designing Your Organization, brought forth at a time of major challenges to global business and national priorities, brings contemporary organization decisions into focus and provides clear advice to achieve business performance today and tomorrow.”--John D. Hofmeister, president and U.S. country chair, Shell Oil Company

 

“Should be used by every leader seeking to give their organization a competitive advantage. Galbraith offers a practical framework to align a corporation’s organizational structure with its business strategy.”--Thomas J. Falk, chairman and CEO, Kimberly-Clark Corporation

 

“Starting several decades ago, Jay Galbraith wrote a series of books that essentially defined the field of modern organization design. Now, with deceptive simplicity, compelling logic, and immense practicality, he and Amy Kates have summarized in a single place what every manager needs to know about this vitally important subject.”--Thomas W. Malone, Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management; director, MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, MIT Sloan School of Management; and author, The Future of Work

 

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Designing Your Organization is a hands-on guide that provides managers with a set of practical tools to use when making organization design decisions. Based on Jay Galbraith's widely used Star Model, the book covers the fundamentals of organization design and offers frameworks and tools to help leaders execute their strategy. The authors address the five specific design challenges that confront most of today's organizations:

  • Designing around the customer
  • Organizing across borders

  • Making a matrix work

  • Solving the centralization/decentralization dilemma

  • Organizing for innovation

Designing Your Organization is written for managers and leaders who make critical choices about organizational strategy and execution as well as for human resource and organization design and development professionals who help implement these decisions.

This important resource includes a CD-ROM.

Praise for Designing Your Organization

"Jay Galbraith and Amy Kates provide the compass, charts, essential tools, and supplies for the journey to organization effectiveness in dynamic times. Designing Your Organization, brought forth at a time of major challenges to global business and national priorities, brings contemporary organization decisions into focus and provides clear advice to achieve business performance today and tomorrow."
—John D. Hofmeister, president and U.S. country chair, Shell Oil Company

"Should be used by every leader seeking to give their organization a competitive advantage. Galbraith and Kates offer a practical framework to align a corporation's organizational structure with its business strategy."
—Thomas J. Falk, chairman and CEO, Kimberly-Clark Corporation

"Starting several decades ago, Jay Galbraith wrote a series of books that essentially defined the field of modern organization design. Now, with deceptive simplicity, compelling logic, and immense practicality, he and Amy Kates have summarized in a single place what every manager needs to know about this vitally important subject."
—Thomas W. Malone, Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management; director, MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, MIT Sloan School of Management; and author, The Future of Work


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This is a must have text book.
Kenneth E. David II
This latest work from Kates and Galbraith provides the most practical combination of OD theory and application I have read to date.
Eric Thorpe
This book from Amy Kates/Jay Galbraith provides a useful addition to their earlier work Designing Dynamic Organisations.
Stan Felstead - Interchange Resources

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stan Felstead - Interchange Resources on January 25, 2008
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This book from Amy Kates/Jay Galbraith provides a useful addition to their earlier work Designing Dynamic Organisations.I found the chapter on solving the centralisation-decentralisation dilemma very helpful, and the coverage of organisation for innovation provides a wide range of pointers for the the reader who is dealing with this topic.The first chapter provides a review of the key concepts and principles of organisation design giving a good lead into the rest of the book.If you want a deeper treatment, in terms of a step by step guide, to organisation design principles see their 2002 book mentioned above.

Stan Felstead. Interchange Resources UK.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric Thorpe on January 29, 2011
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This latest work from Kates and Galbraith provides the most practical combination of OD theory and application I have read to date. It provides a field-tested guide for working with clients or within your own organization and offers guidance on the five most challenging design issues we face today. If you don't have the luxury of reading broadly on this general topic, then I strongly encourage you to begin with this work.

If you're up for a study in contrasts read "Organizational Design" by Burton, DeSanctis, and Obel. Although it is a popular textbook, in my opinion it is disappointingly light on value.

For sake of full disclosure, I am a long-term fan of Galbraith and his previous works -- having been introduced to his "Designing Organizations" by a consulting firm who assisted our group with a reorganization effort over a decade ago.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GaleLL on April 25, 2009
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Our work team is involved in reviewing the organizational structure of our workforce, this book is a wonderful resource to help guide us in this effort.
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This book became the basis of how I started my business. Amy made me think in ways that I hadn't been taught to think about business. She influenced my creativity as to how I would do things. I would suggest that anyone trying to do things the right way in their business to by this book.
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This is a must have text book. It will give you great insight into how a major corporation facilitates itself.
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Great reading for those realizing that organization design is deeply connected to strategy and delivery of business results.

Very often organizations are installed or "announced" but not "implemented" which beyond selecting appropriate profiles requires cultural and behavioral training, processes and rewards design as well.

The book tackles comprehensiveley the questions of organizational design regarding: customer centricity and customer focus, collaboration over borders (national and others), matrix organizations and their paradigm difficulties, centralization and decentralization for large corporations, producing innovation.

As a teaser, Chris Bartlett's, Harvard Business School professor inspiring quote: "Companies often pursue 3rd generation strategies using 2nd generation organizations staffed with 1st generation human resources.
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