Organizational Design

Topics: Organization, Design, Design management Pages: 350 (88117 words) Published: September 17, 2015
Organizational Design

In today’s volatile business environment, it is more important than ever that managers, whether of a global multinational or a small team, should understand the fundamentals of organizational design. Written specifically for executives and executive MBA students, the new edition of this successful book provides a step-by-step “how to” guide for designing an organization. It features comprehensive coverage of the key aspects of organizational design, including goals, strategy, process, people, coordination, control, and incentives. These aspects are explained through the use of a unique series of 2 Â 2 graphs that provide an integrated, spatial way to assess and plan organizational design. The new edition features a number of important improvements, including a new framework for understanding leadership and organizational climate, the introduction of the concept of manoeuvrability, and a completely new chapter examining joint ventures, mergers, partnerships, and strategic alliances. Richard M. Burton is Professor of Strategy and Organization at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.

Børge Obel is Professor of Organization and Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Organizational Architecture, Aarhus University.
Gerardine DeSanctis was Thomas F. Keller Professor of Business Administration at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.

Second Edition
Richard M. Burton
Børge Obel
Gerardine DeSanctis

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Organizational design : a step-by-step approach / Richard M. Burton, Børge Obel, Gerardine DeSanctis. – 2nd ed.
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List of figures
List of tables
Preface to first edition
Preface to second edition
An outline of the step-by-step approach

page x

Step 1
1 Define the scope of the organization and assess its goals
Introduction: The executive challenge of designing the organization Overview of this book
The information-processing view
Select an organization for analysis
Define the scope of the organization
Assess the organization’s goals
Diagnostic questions
Misfits and balancing competing design dimensions
Where are you in the step-by-step approach?


Step 2
2 Strategy
Analyzer without innovation
Analyzer with...

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