Organizational Design

Organizational Design : A Step-by-Step Approach

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In today's volatile business environment, it is more important than ever that managers, whether of a global multinational or a small team, should understand the fundamentals of organizational design. Written specifically for executives and executive MBA students, the edition of this successful book provides a step-by-step 'how to' guide for designing an organization. It features comprehensive coverage of the key aspects of organizational design, including goals, strategy, process, people, coordination, control and incentives. These aspects are explained through the use of a unique series of 2 x 2 graphs that provide an integrated, spatial way to assess and plan organizational design. The new edition features a number of important improvements, including a new framework for understanding leadership and organizational climate, the introduction of the concept of manoeuvrability and a completely new chapter examining joint ventures, mergers, partnerships and strategic alliances.show more

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  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 37 b/w illus. 12 tables
  • 1139102214
  • 9781139102216

Table of contents

List of figures; List of tables; Preface to second edition; An outline of the step-by-step approach; Part I. Step 1 - Getting Started: 1. Define the scope of the organization and assess its goals; Part II. Step 2 - Strategy: 2. Strategy; 3. Environment; Part III. Step 3 - Structure: 4. The configuration and complexity of the firm; 5. Distributed organizations; Part IV. Step 4 - Process and People: 6. Task design; 7. People; 8. Leadership and organizational climate; Part V. Step 5 - Coordination and Control: 9. Coordination, control, and information systems; 10. Incentives; Part VI. Applying the Step-by-Step Approach in a Dynamic World: 11. Design dynamics: managing change and multi-organizations; 12. New forms and multi-unit organizations: building on the fundamentals; References; Index.show more

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'This book is a treasure chest of knowledge on how to design organizations to achieve strategic goals. It is among the best researched and most useful business books ever written, and it is authored by three of the foremost scholars in the field of organization design. In one word: superb.' Felipe Csaszar, Assistant Professor of Strategy, INSEAD 'This edition of Organization Design: A Step-by-Step Approach is a must for CEOs, managers and students. The authors synthesize decades of research into an essential set of concepts and actionable steps that will prove invaluable for anyone charged with leading and managing an organization. Of particular interest in today's climate will be the organization design perspective on M and A, alliances and joint ventures.' Phanish Puranam, School Chair Professor of Strategic and International Management, London Business School 'How an organization is designed clearly affects its performance. Organizational Design: A Step-by-Step Approach gives managers the tools they need to analyze the present design of their organization and to make appropriate changes to it. Organization design is still more art than science, but this book provides the latest thinking about the variables involved and how to arrange them for maximum efficiency and effectiveness.' Charles Snow, Mellon Foundation Professor of Business Administration, Pennsylvania State Universityshow more

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