Organisation Design Masterclasses

For us, Organisational Design is:
A systematic and holistic approach to aligning and fitting together all parts of an organisation to achieve its defined strategic intents.

Module 1: Seeing and Thinking Design

Module 2: Doing Design

Module 3: Making Design Real

Module 4: Living the New


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MODULE 1: Seeing and Thinking Design

The one-day long workshop was very valuable because it gave an in-depth insight into practitioners’ challenges to introducing change to their organisations.”

Those who will benefit include: HR Professionals, Change Managers, Organisation Managers, Organisation Development Practitioners, new Organisation Design Professional, etc..

Content Overview

We will talk about different frameworks and models, as a way to explore what designing organisations means to each of us, in a very personal and hopefully fun way.
Our hope is to:
o Place organisation design in the broader movement of design thinking
o Discuss and discover different models, foundational approaches as well as contemporary trends/hypes
o Explore what designing organisations means to each of us and our experiences
o Apply organisation design to practical case studies
o Explore the enablers and inhibitors to successful organisation design.

Faculty consists of EODF/ODI Board Members

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MODULE 2: Doing Design

“my perspective has been expanded”, “affirmed and energised”, “wider understanding of the key contributors, theories, models”, “my beliefs are not the same as earlier. I got the whole picture, it was interesting for me to see it from a strategic point of view”

This module is suitable for professionals who have completed the first module or have an equivalent level of experience.

We will focus on the ‘how’ of organisation design: different end-to-end design approaches, each with their pros and cons. It will be a hands-on, one-day masterclass in which participants can work on reviewing and improving the approach for their own project with the help of our experienced faculty.

Content Overview

o Critical elements of a good design approach
o Top-down versus bottom-up approaches
o Expert-based approaches versus collaborative design processes.

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MODULE 3: Making Design Real

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In this module, we will focus on doing the actual design work. Our experienced faculty will guide you through an approach that covers everything,from design criteria and concept design to designing the coordination and control mechanisms. Based on a real-life case study, you will work in small groups to go through all the steps needed to produce an organisation design.

This practical and interactive module is for: HR practitioners, line managers, internal/external HR, organisation development, organisation design consultants, other change practitioners involved in planning/supporting organisation design initiatives in an organisation.


o Understand and apply the steps of an organization design approach
o Learn the principles of bounding and organising work
o Learn how to create meaningful roles and jobs
o Identify critical interdependencies and learn how to design the necessary integration and coordination mechanisms.


– Welcome and introductions
– Case study round 1: design criteria and concept design
– Case study round 2: designing roles and jobs
– Case study round 3: designing governance, coordination and integration
– Development plans and evaluation.
Each round of case work will have the following steps:
1. Explanation of principles and frameworks relevant for this round
2. Case study work in small group
3. Debrief of key design decisions and learnings.

MODULE 4: Living the New

Following on from modules 1 to 3, the Aim is for participants to understand the basic logic and components of Organisation Design implementation and be able to apply them to example case studies.

This module is for:
Leaders and Practitioners who have the responsibility for the implementation of an Organisation Design project now or in the future.


o Know the Differentiation / Integration design issues during implementation
o Have basic competence in implementation
o Understand the critical success factors
o Have practiced using a case study.

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