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Organization Design

Organization Design

A Guide to Building Effective Organizations

Patricia Cichocki, Christine Irwin

£19.99

Organization Design is the art, science and the business of building effective organizations. This book provides a complete road map to design and delivery, covering all the critical areas including job design, sizing the organization and change management. This new edition brings this bestselling guide completely up-to-date.

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About the book

With the rate of change in organizations at an all-time high, the need for strong organization design has never been more pressing. Organization Design provides a complete road map to building successful organizations through good organization design. It presents a practical process; a robust, broad-based model and a set of tools and techniques that all link together. Part One and Two together provide you with the knowledge of how to establish and run an organization design programme. Part Three covers how to respond to three perennial challenges in designing organizations.

This thoroughly revised edition of Organization Design includes an increased range of archetypes, a wide variety of international examples and coverage of additional ways to gain insight, such as through exploring metaphors and positive deviance. It is a practical toolkit to take organization designers from start to finish, outlining the basic theory, providing a step-by-step approach to implementation, and offering solutions to the recurring challenges that will inevitably be met along the way.


Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 00: Introduction;
  • Section - ONE: Understanding organization design;
    • Chapter - 01: Putting organization design in context;
    • Chapter - 02: Familiarize yourself with the Organization Design Compass and the OPTIMAL Way;
    • Chapter - 03: Some essential building blocks;
  • Section - TWO: Designing your organization the OPTIMAL Way;
    • Chapter - 04: Outlining your brief;
    • Chapter - 05: Pulling together your programme;
    • Chapter - 06: Taking stock of the change required;
    • Chapter - 07: Identifying assessment criteria;
    • Chapter - 08: Mapping the design options;
    • Chapter - 09: Assessing the alternatives;
    • Chapter - 10: Laying out the way forward;
  • Section - THREE: Dealing with recurring challenges;
    • Chapter - 11: How to maintain design integrity over time;
    • Chapter - 12: How to choose between design options when the environment is very uncertain;
    • Chapter - 13: How to assess the level of capability maturity of an organization over time


Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749470593
  • Edition: 2
  • Published: 3rd March 2014
  • Paperback
  • Dimensions: 234x156
  • 320 pages

About the Author

Patricia Cichocki leads Design to Change. She has over 25 years' experience working in and advising international organizations and clients on organization design and change. She holds degrees from HEC Paris, Oxford University and University College London and is a member of the Organization Design Forum. Patricia was a founding director of the Change Leaders.

Christine Irwin retired in 2011 after a career that saw her become one of the UK's leading practitioners in organization design and implementation. The first edition of Organization Design is just part of that legacy. She was an elected board member of the US-based Organization Design Forum from 2001 to 2010 and holds degrees from Manchester Business School and Leeds University.


Patricia Cichocki


Christine Irwin