Guide to Organisation Design: Creating high-performing and adaptable enterprises 1st Edition
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About the Author
- Publisher : Bloomberg Press; 1st edition (July 1, 2007)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 343 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1861978022
- ISBN-13 : 978-1861978028
- Item Weight : 1.17 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.62 x 1.27 x 8.8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,934,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Of course, business schools teach a lot of different courses on organizational behavior, of which design is a part. However, they also teach courses (often required courses) on managerial accounting and how many companies are limping along without those systems? The author, Naomi Stanford, wisely points out that the reason the activity of designing organizations is neglected is because it is very hard and is not the stuff that builds high profile careers. Yet, neglect of this process weakens, cripples, and then kills many organizations as they come under pressure.
In the first chapter she talks about what organizational design is and is not. She then covers each of these topics in separate chapters: 2) Discussing various design models and approaches. 3) Various approaches to structuring organizations (and how it is only a part of the design). 4) How to plan and implement your design change project. 5) What measurement of your project might mean and ways to do it. 6) The role of Stakeholders in the design process, whether you want them there or not. 7) Where to find the leaders to help you in your design project (many of them without formal titles) and what to watch out for from those who might think they will lose out in the change. 8) How your group culture will affect your ability to change your organization design.
The last chapter discusses the importance of not trying to build the one fixed perfect design. Rather, the goal should be to build adaptability into the design so the organization can change in order to successfully compete. Stanford calls this the ability to morph.
Of course, the author is a consultant on this subject and works with organizations on the design change projects. This book is a great handbook for anyone thinking about beginning such a project and a good reference for ideas, principles, and suggestions as your work your way through it.
- case studies about organizational cultures - and one company's book (pg 26)
- working from a learner mindset, not a judging one #pg 44#
- a tool to evaluate the organizational structure #pg 78#
- a review of a model of influence without authority #pg 201#
- and my very favorite, an explanation of existing organization design models (pg 287)
I particularly appreciated the Appendix of sources and annotated bibliography. Well done!
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Dennoch, die Grundgedanken und Methoden von OD werden hier gut, genau ud seriös beschrieben.
Wer etwas in deutscher Sprache sucht sei vor dem gleichnamigenm Buch von Reinhard Nagl ("Organisation Design" gewarnt, das ist doch eher flach, brav und eigentrlich ein Buch über sehr konventionellen Change. Da empfehle ich schon eher Oliver Schrader und Lothar Wenzl "die Spielregeln der Führung", dort sind die Fallbeiuspiele angenehmerwiese auch seperat (und müssen nicht alle gelesen werden).