Organizational Design

Learning to make mistakes

Learning to make mistakes

Why is it so hard to instill an entrepreneurial spirit within corporate structures? One answer to this question has to do with the willingness to make and learn from mistakes. Or, to be more precise, to take novel courses of action that may prove to be “wrong” in hindsight, but which yield potentially exciting insights on technologies, customers, and markets ...

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 ...

Why we are obsessed with organizational charts (and what to do about it)

Why we are obsessed with organizational charts (and what to do about it)

Many managers are obsessed with organizational charts. Whenever a company undergoes fundamental change, from either rapid growth or a new strategy, organizational questions are eventually addressed by putting “lines and boxes” on paper ... 

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 ...