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Data-driven Organization Design

Data-driven Organization Design

Sustaining the Competitive Edge Through Organizational Analytics

Rupert Morrison

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Design and implement the optimal organization for sustained and superior performance with this practical, step-by-step guide.

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About the book

Data is changing the nature of competition. Making sense of it is tough; taking advantage of it is even tougher. There is a clear business opportunity for organizations to use data and analytics to transform business performance. Data-driven Organization Design provides a practical framework for HR and organization design practitioners to build a baseline of data, set objectives, carry out fixed and dynamic process design, map competencies, and right-size the organization so everyone performs to their potential and organizations have a hope of getting and sustaining a competitive edge.

Data-driven Organization Design shows how to collect the right data on organizations, present it meaningfully and ask the right questions of it to help complex, fluid organizations constantly evolve and meet moving objectives. Through the use of case studies, practical tips, and sample exercises, it explains in detail how to use data and analytics to connect all the elements of the system so you can design an environment for people to perform, an organization which has the right people, in the right place, doing the right things, at the right time. Whether you are looking to implement a long-term transformation, large redesign, or a one-off small scale project, Data-driven Organization Design will guide you through making the most of organizational data and analytics to drive business performance.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 4.8: Sustaining the edge
    • Chapter - 4.7: Organizational getting things done;
    • Chapter - 4.6: Talent management, succession development and planning;
    • Chapter - 4.5: Workforce planning;
    • Chapter - 4.4: Implementation;
    • Chapter - 4.3: HOWWIP;
    • Chapter - 4.2: Common traps;
    • Chapter - 4.1: Introduction;
  • Section - FOUR: Making it Real;
    • Chapter - 3.7: Rightsizing;
    • Chapter - 3.6: Competency management;
    • Chapter - 3.5: Dynamic process design;
    • Chapter - 3.4: Fixed process design;
    • Chapter - 3.3: Objectives management;
    • Chapter - 3.2: The data goldmine;
    • Chapter - 3.1: Introduction;
  • Section - THREE: Micro Design;
    • Chapter - 2.3: Structural options and business case;
    • Chapter - 2.2: Strategy articulation and design criteria;
    • Chapter - 2.1: Introduction
  • Section - TWO: Macro Design;
    • Chapter - 1.3: Foundations and core concepts;
    • Chapter - 1.2: Challenges;
    • Chapter - 1.1: Data Driven Organization Design;
  • Section - ONE: Introduction;


This book puts into words what I've been trying to explain for years. Managers should read this book to become more data-driven; data-driven people should read it to understand the imperatives of management.
Stéphane Hamel, Digital Analytics Thought Leader, Immeria

Morrison's dashing and enthusiastic style persuasively makes the case for using good data analytics as the basis for successful organization design. He confidently leads the reader through the process bringing his own experiences as supporting examples of the value of data. It's not all numbers. He doesn't forget the politics and culture stuff at play contending that data helps in working with these aspects of complex organizational design. It's a book now on my 'recommend' list.
Naomi Stanford, PhD. Organisation Design Consultant

New organisational models are appearing all the time as we try to optimise the use of the most important of all our resources; our people. Bringing people data and analytics together with organisational design allows new levels of understanding to ensure the best outcome, aligned to the organisations strategy. This book provides great guidance and thinking on how to do this effectively.
Peter Cheese, Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

Provides insightful connection between strategy and the enabling organizational design. It includes an inspiring collection of theory, tools and experience to drive change and transformation.
Pär Åström, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Husqvarna Group

This book nails it. Honest and practical, it shows you how to deeply analyse and design an organization - and implement it.
Nathan Adams- HR Director, Aviva

Data-driven Organization Design approaches the subject from the vantage point of Stratum IV, that level of managerial work often called general management where strategy is translated into practical operations, where various functional work processes like sales and manufacturing and customer service need to be balanced and integrated. This is the great strength of the book....I recommend Data-driven Organization Design to those seriously interested in the field.
Donald V. Fowke FCMC, Chairman, Global Organization Design Society

The book offers corporate HR specialists a number of useful perspectives and extensive practical advice....HR managers and professionals, managers and analysts in planning and process development functions as well as executives who would like to know more about how the HR function could be developed would benefit from reading this book.
Jan-Åke Karlsson, Senior Partner at Enhancer Consulting

The book is extremely practical and visual. This makes it easy to follow and apply the learnings to a work setting immediately. It also brings a lot of new approaches to traditional problems helping to think around many of the challenges people might face when doing an organisation design and handling organisational data. ...This book could change any function handling organisational data. If you want to be at the forefront of HR or OD and want to start leading the business with people decisions you have to read this book.
Becky Statham, My HR Careers

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749474416
  • Edition: 1
  • Published: 3rd October 2015
  • Paperback
  • Format: 235x160
  • 368 pages

About the Author

Rupert Morrison is the CEO of Concentra, a leading analytics company and winner of the Technology Innovation Award 2011 in The Sunday Times Tech Track 100. He led the creation of OrgVue, a solution for HR analytics, organization design and workforce planning. Rupert's aim is to revolutionize the way people see, plan and manage their organizations to gain competitive advantage. His approach combines his experiences of running a tech firm with supply chain optimization, capacity planning and organization design projects.

Rupert Morrison

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