Organization Design

Open Workspace: New forms of organizing – the role of context

Open Workspace: New forms of organizing – the role of context

Join us in Zürich on March 27 for our next Open Workspace! New forms of organizing are engaged with to address some of management’s most pressing issues. In this open workspace, we address the question of context for new forms of organizing with special regard to the question of self-management and self-organization.

Management Kits Training Agenda – Update

Management Kits Training Agenda – Update

Upon multiple requests, we have developed some of our Kits into open training formats which we have now planned out for the second half of 2017. Each training provides dedicated room to discuss real-world issues and management challenges faced by participants and relate the learning experience to those issues ...

Centralized or decentralized, that is the question

Centralized or decentralized, that is the question

Centralization vs. decentralization is one of the key organization design questions when it comes to delivering a digital strategy in multi-divisional businesses. Do you build one central “digital” unit or team? Or do you put digital resources into functions and divisions that support the respective functional strategies ...

Organization design for new capabilities, or: Do companies need a Chief Digital Officer?

Organization design for new capabilities, or: Do companies need a Chief Digital Officer?

When an organization wants to implement a new capability, one of the easiest org design approaches is to install someone in a new leadership role to oversee execution of the new strategy. Or is it? An ideal test case for evaluating this tactic is digitalization ...

How to make management tools effective – 7 practical tips

How to make management tools effective – 7 practical tips

Management tools, frameworks or models – such as Porter’s 5 Forces, the Value Chain, or the tools entailed in our Organizational Structure Kit – are management knowledge in crystalized form. Typically they capture a management topic by defining key elements and showing the interdependencies between those elements ... 

How to align project set-ups and organizational structure

How to align project set-ups and organizational structure

How to balance exploitation of a proven business model or product with exploration – that’s the pursuit of a breakthrough innovation. In fact it’s the key strategic question for many businesses. The organizational-level version of this question is how to align your most crucial projects with the existing organizational structure ... 

Organizational silos are a good thing (except when they aren’t)

Organizational silos are a good thing (except when they aren’t)

Let´s make the case for organizational silos. As long as the term “silo” describes the grouping of organizational activities into separate units, it simply denotes the primary boundaries within which to build specialized capabilities and drive performance. These unit structures, or silos, provide direction and focus ... 

Organizational Design Thinking

Organizational Design Thinking

Given the semantic affinity between organization design and design thinking, it is surprising that so little has been written on applying design thinking to organization design – even more so, because design thinking has long grown beyond classical product design and has moved into fields like innovation management and even strategy ...

How to best run an organizational design project

How to best run an organizational design project

All management challenges are special, but some are more special than others. Organizational design projects, in my experience, are “more special than others” in three important ways ...