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Organization Design: A Guide to Building Effective Organizationsby Patricia Cichocki
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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 for the implementation of organization design, covering all areas including downsizing, outsourcing and re-structuring.
Full of hints and tips, as well as a practical toolkit to take organization designers from start to finish, Organization Design outlines the basic theory, provides a step-by-step approach to implementing organization design, and provides solutions to the recurring challenges to be met along the way. OD is about delivering results. By following this tried and tested approach, readers will gain the confidence and skills to put great organization design into practice to ensure business success.
Book News Annotation:
This guide to organizational design provides a grounding in organizational theory coupled with practical advice for building fluid and functional organizations from the ground up. The volume is divided into three sections covering the fundamentals of organizational design, an exposition of the authors' unique step-by-step methodology, OPTIMAL and planning for dealing with recurring challenges, and chapters address such topics as essential building blocs of successful design, design outlines and assessment tools and maintaining design integrity over time. The work includes numerous illustrations, tables and figures. Cichocki and Irwin are partners at Design to Change, a UK based organizational design firm. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Whether the reason for redesigning is outsourcing, downsizing or mergers and acquisition, Organization Design provides a complete road map for implementing an organization design. Full of hints, tips, and practical tools, Organization Design starts by outlining the central concepts of organization design theory. The authors go on to explain a step-by-step approach of how to implement a design, including advice on dealing with frequently encountered challenges.
A complete guide to organization design, this book offers both an understanding of organizational theory as well as practical advice for how to implement OD in any organization. Divided into three sections, it covers the fundamentals of organizational design, provide a unique step-by-step methodology, and discuss solutions to recurring challenges.
Topics include: the essential building blocks, mapping design options, how to assess capability maturity, how to size an organization, and how to maintain design integrity over time. Readers will gain the confidence and skills to put great organization design into practice to ensure business success.
About the Author
Christine Irwin is one of the UK's leading practitioners in organization design and implementation. She is an elected board member of the Organization Design Forum and a partner at Design to Change. She has over 25 years experience and is also a member of ODiN (the Organisation Development Innovation Network).
Patricia Cichocki has over 20 years' experience in the field and is a founding member of The Change Leaders. She is currently a partner with Design to Change Ltd.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Mila N. Baker, Senior Advisor at The World Bank
Introduction and Overview
Part 1 - Organization Design - Context and Theory
Organization Design Context
Organization Design Theory
Part 2 - Step by Step Organization Design
Introducing Our Step by Step Approach
Decide Design Approach and Set up Team
Assess the Organization
Decide Design Principles, Criteria and Tests
Generate Design Options
Test Design Options
Moving from Design to Change
Part 3 - Recurring Challenges
Introduction to this Section
Program Management and Organization Design
Who to Involve in an Organization Design
Maintaining Integrity of an Organization Design over Time
Handling Dilemmas, Polarities and Paradoxes
Sizing the Organization
Dealing with the Organization's Boundaries and the Extended Organization
Designing Governance, Committees and Accountability and Decision Making
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