Global Organisation Design Trends

Next Global Conversation – April 29th, 6.30 PM CET

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stamp-onlyEODF and ODF are hosting monthly sessions to discuss the monthly curated content newsletter. The Curatorial Board, composed of six OD experts, academics and practitioners, selects the most interesting articles, blog-posts, books and case studies each month to share with our members.

We facilitate an one-hour conversation with a small group of EODF and ODF members to discuss themes emerging from the articles in each month’s newsletter. Zoom is the platform for this conversation. There is limited availability with a maximum of 15 participants per session.
Every month you will be invited to book your place. The principle is “first come, first served!”


Before joining the conversations:
1. Please make sure you have read all the articles in the current month’s newsletter, it will make for a much richer conversation
2. Think about a one-sentence theme that you see emerging from the current month’s articles.



January 2020 Newsletter

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This month’s newsletter topics include:
– The New Analytics of Culture
– 4 Organizational Design Issues That Most Leaders Misdiagnose
– 4 Future-Proof Organizational Models Beyond Hierarchy & Bureaucracy
– On Models and Metaphors
– Design Classic: A Radical Re-design for Support Functions in the Digital Age

December 2019 Newsletter

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This month’s newsletter topics include:
– Establishing an Organization Design Transformation Office
– Do You Have to Choose Between Trust and Control?
– Overcoming Resistance to Change in Organizations
– Make Change Happen
– Climbing Up and Down the Hierarchy of Accountability.

November 2019 Newsletter

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This month’s newsletter topics include:
– Women in the Workplace
– The Truth About Open Offices
– Discovering the Dark Side of Self Organization
– Can I Sell You a New Agile Term?
– Innovation and Path Dependence.

October 2019 Newsletter

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This month’s newsletter topics include:
– The Helix Organization
– In the Ecosystem Economy, What’s Your Strategy?
– The Top 20 Business Transformations of the Last Decade
– How Can We Redesign Financial Services for Good?
– Designing a Listening Organization.

September 2019 Newsletter

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This month’s newsletter topics include:
– How to Double the Odds That Your Change Program Will Succeed
– What People Hate About Being Managed by Algorithms, According to a Study of Uber Drivers
– Avoiding The Technology Trap In The Future Of Work
– Managing Technology for the Post-Digital Era
– The Company of the Future: Winning the 20’s

July 2019 Newsletter

This month’s newsletter topics include:
– The Drumbeat of Digital: How Winning Teams Play
– Nimble Leadership
– The Soul of a Start Up
– A Human-Centered Approach to Unlocking Organizational Change
– Ambidexterity, Dual Operating Models, and Backbone.
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June 2019 Newsletter

This month’s newsletter topics include:
– The Journey to An Agile Organization
– A Study of 250 Platforms Reveals Why Most Faily
– Organizational Effectiveness Goes Digital
– If the Key to Business Success Is Focus, Why Does Amazon Work?
– Inclusive Organizational Design.

May 2019 Newsletter

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This month’s newsletter topics include:
– How Companies Can Help Mid-level Managers Navigate Agile Transformations
– The Power of Hidden Teams
– Empowering Employees with Creativity During Transformation
– Can We Measure the Outcomes of Organization Design Work
– Restructuring Affects Staff Well-Being Regardless of Job Cuts.

April 2019 Newsletter

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This month’s newsletter topics include:
– Organizational Culture in Mergers: Addressing the Unseen Forces
– What Will the World of Work Look Like in 2035
– Winning the ’20s: The Organization of the Future
– Integrating Ecosystem and Value Chain Design in Sustainability Efforts, Revisited
– Navigating in a Hierarchy: How Middle Managers Adapt Macro Design

March 2019 Newsletter

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This month’s newsletter topics include:
– Planning In An Agile Organization
– Digital Transformation Is Not About Technology
– The Myths and Realities of Business Ecosystems
– Tech, Humans, and Organization Design
– Design Classic: From Design Thinking to System Change.

February 2019 Newsletter

This month’s newsletter topics include:
– The Emerging Art of Ecosystem Management
– It’s Time for a Behavioral Revolution in Innovation
– How to Design Organisations with Clear Space-to-Lead
– Habits of a Systems Thinker
– Mapping, Analyzing and Designing Innovation Ecosystems: The Ecosystem Pie Model

January 2019 Newsletter

This month’s newsletter topics include:

– Why Some Platforms Thrive and Others Don’t
– Long Live the Human Network Effect
– The Human Centered Organization of the Future
– Silo Smashing
– No boss? No thanks

December 2018 Newsletter

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This month’s newsletter topics include:
– How a U.S. Healthcare System Uses 15-Minute Huddles
– The Head, Heart, and Hands of Transformation
– (Re)-Designing Organizations in the Age of Algorithms
– What I Talk About When I Talk About Structure
– Scaling Agility

November 2018 Newsletter

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This month’s newsletter topics include:
– Leading to a Bionic Transformation
– The End of Bureaucracy
– Why Agile May Be Fragile
– Agile: Is It Hype?
– Should You Use Agile Principles to Organize a Firm?

October 2018 Newsletter

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This month’s newsletter topics include:
– Is It Time to Retire the Org Chart?
– Leading Agile Transformation
– Breaking Logjams in Knowledge Work?
– Designing Resilient Teams
– Organizational Models for Big Data & Analytics.

September 2018 Newsletter

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This month’s newsletter topics include:
– Design Thinking is Fundamentally Conservative
– Scaling Change: A Unique Bottom-Up Approach
– How an Algorithm Can Improve the Design of Your Organization
– Is the Right Group Leading Your Digital Initiatives?
– Evaluating Organization Design Work.

July 2018 Newsletter

This month’s newsletter topics include:
– How Agile Teams Can Help Turnarounds Succeed
– How to Implement and Sustain Organization Change
– The Future of Organization Design According to My Students
– A New Dawn for OD
– Who Is the Client, and Do You Need One?

June 2018 Newsletter

This month’s newsletter topics include:
– Complexity Demands New Approaches to Work
– Why Haier is Reorganizing Itself Around the Internet of Things
– If You Cut Employees Some Slack They Will Innovate
– The Right Way for a Firm to Do An Innovation Pilot with a Startup
– Matrix Structures: The Pessimism Advantage.

May 2018 Newsletter

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This month’s newsletter topics include:
– Three Ways to Make Organizations Agile
– Microsoft’s Next Act
– Agile at Scale
– Structure that is Not Stifling
– Organization Design: The Hot Topic.

April 2018 Newsletter

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This month’s newsletter topics include:
– HR Earning a Strategic Seat at the Transformation Table
– Q&A on the book Company-wide Agility with Beyond Budgeting, Open Space & Sociocracy
– 10 Components That Successfully Abolished Hierarchy (In 70+ Companies)span>
– Complexity and Organisational Processes
– Design Classic: Putting Organizational Complexity In Its Place.

March 2018 Newsletter

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This month’s newsletter topics include:
– Behind the Scenes of Top Digital Makeovers
– Beyond Matrix Structures/span>
– Overcoming Challenges During a Major Transformation
– The Science of Organization Design: Fit Between Structure and Coordination
– Organization Design: A Toolkit of Toolkits.


February 2018 Newsletter

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This month’s newsletter topics include:
– The Five Trademarks of Agile Organizations
– The World’s Most Pioneering Company of Our Times
– Starting a Transformation? Don’t Change Everything
– Organisation Design Masterclasses
– Design Classic: Design Thinking is Bullsh!t.

January 2018 Newsletter

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This month’s newsletter topics include:
– More Than a Feeling: Ten Design Practices to Deliver Business Value
– When to Decentralize Decision Making, and When Not To
– What to Expect From Agile
– Job Description: Dead or Alive?
– Design Classic: As Work Gets More Complex, 6 Rules to Simplify.

December 2017 Newsletter

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This month’s newsletter topics include:
– How We Reorganized Instagram’s Engineering Team While Quadrupling Its Size
– What Every Leader Needs to Know About Organizational Management
– The Comeback Kids: Lessons from Successful Turnarounds
– The Matrix is Not the “End Point” for Complex Firms
– Maybe, I’ve Left It Too Late? How would you design an hour’s introduction to design thinking?


November 2017 Newsletter

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November newsletter topics include:

– Rethinking the Workplace: Flexibility, Fairness, and Enlightened Automation
– Leveraging Digital to Optimise the Customer Experience
– Safe Enough to Try: An Interview with Zappos CEO, Tony Hsieh
– Simplifying Organizational Barriers
– Creating Management Processes Built for Change.

October 2017 Newsletter

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This month’s e-newsletter topics include:

– Self-Managing In Merry-go Round
– GE’s Global Growth Experiment
– How To Design An Agile Organization
– Designing A Small HR Function
– How To Design An Intelligent Organization

September 2017 Newsletter

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This month’s e-newsletter topics include:
– How My Students Learn Organization Design
– Boosting Performance Through Organization Designfamily: arial;”>Organization Health: A Fast Track to Performance Improvement
– Leading Design Work
– The Roots of Agility.

July 2017 Newsletter

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This month’s e-newsletter topics include:
– Organisation Design Based on Science, Not Superstition
– Untangling Your Organization’s Decision Making
– Seeing the Bigger Picture: Where Operations Meets Business
– Accountability: Is It a Design Concern?
– Design Classic: Governing ‘Socie-ties’.

June 2017 Newsletter

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This month’s e-newsletter topics include:
– A Framework for Deep-Tech Collaboration
– 5 Questions to Ask About Culture to Get Beyond the Usual Meaningless Blather
– Seeing Through the Network: Competitive Advantage in the Digital Economy
– This Company Achieves 100% Customer Satisfaction with 0% Managers
– Which Organisation Design Program? – Blog by Naomi Stanford.

May 2017 Newsletter

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Designing Organisations that Work for Lean and Agile Thinking People – Video discusses the nexus of organisational landscapes types, work-climate and lean and agile working practices.
Finding the Right Digital Balance in B2B Customer Experience – This article highlights six journeys that drive customer experience in B2B transactions which can be group into three key areas: delivering the right product and improving the selection process; codeveloping products; and customer training and support.
Design Thinking: The New DNA of the Financial Sector – This report outlines how design thinking can be applied to the financial services sector, including a case study of a design project.
The Corporate Rebels Canvas: A Practical Tool to Build a Workplace People Love – This blog introduces a participative organisation design workshop approach for creating better workplaces.
Astonishment and Don’t Know – Blog By Naomi Stanford discussing the importance of generating ideas from both managers and other employees to tackle complex organisational design problems.

March 2017 Newsletter

This month’s e-newsletter topics include:

Restructure or Reconfigure? – ‘Reorganisation’ is a term used to describe two distinct change processes—restructuring and reconfiguration. This article outlines a four-part framework to help guide the reorganisation process
How to Build a Connected Workforce – This article discusses workplace collaboration from a technology perspective and explores the implications of collaborative working on product and service design and corporate strategy.
The Dark Side of Transparency – This article looks at three main areas where too much transparency creates problems and offers some guidance on how to get the balance right in organisations.
How Spotify Balances Employee Autonomy and Accountability – This article identifies the three main challenges to balancing employee autonomy and accountability and examines how Spotify’s agile management approach addresses these challenges.
Designing Resilience – Blog By Naomi Stanford exploring the concept of organisational resilience and identifies key dimensions of ‘change resilience’ before outlining the organisational design implications of resilience.



February 2017 Newsletter

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This month’s e-newsletter topics include:

– Constructing places where employees can collaborate, improvise, and watch one another can encourage creativity
ING’s Agile Transformation, the article explores the Dutch banking group ING’s journey to an “agile” model inspired by companies such as Google, Netflix and Spotify
– Explore some of the common challenges of collaborative working practices, the influence of national cultures and the role of organisational leadership
– Explore the concept of the hidden matrix within organisations by identifying the distinction between “formal” and “informal” ties
– Webinar discusses the inadequacies of our familiar change models and outlines the systems model for design along with a methodology and tools for embedding “agile” focused capability.
ING’s successful move from stovepipes and turf to the agile business model was not only February’s top trending newsletter topic, but was also identified by those joining. January’s trending topic highlighted agile, and so the ING article actually answered an important question, “can agile really scale?” ING’s two year effort was not isolated to the IT department, and has, based on our design sources close to the project, as well and the article’s authors, been a substantial success. Many have thought of the financial industry as lagging in this type of design innovation, and ING’s case study proves that an unexpected industry, can, with the right ingredients, really transform their organization and culture with an effective design effort.



January 2017

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January’s e-newsletter topics include:

– Zappos is struggling with Holacracy because humans aren’t designed to operate like software
– Use design thinking to build commitment to a new idea
– Embedding digital DNA in your organization: Think “rewire” instead of “redesign”
– Naomi Stanford explores the thesis that compassion is a better managerial approach than toughness
– Top-down, Bottom-up, Outside-in, and from the Middle-out: Where Traditional Change Processes Fall Short



December 2016 Newsletter

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December’s newsletter topics include:

– Agile Marketing: A step-by-step guide
– (Re-)Designing Organizations Lessons from the field Report
– The blurring between Design Thinking and Agile
– An inside view of Zappos (and the mysterious Holacracy experiment
– Impressions from the 8th Global Peter Drucker Forum

In our session, we discussed two major themes. The first, based on the Ashridge report, was around the different approaches you can take as an organization designer. We specifically focused on the involvement of the leadership team and on the ways they can have an influence without limiting the design process. The second topic we discussed was around agile ways of organizing, which was the second theme we saw emerging from the articles. The participants in the session exchanged their views on ‘agility’ and some of their experiences about what it means to incorporate this as a design principle in our projects.



November 2016 Newsletter

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Our November session highlighted relevant past, current and future methods in Design, the complimentary distinction between Organisation Design and Development, the movement to Agile and away from Hierarchy, the $3 Trillion annual waste in the US economy because of non-value added management, looking at Your Organisation as a Platform, as well as a 2016 analysis of data from 16,000 employees in 17 countries which characterised 30% of organisations as driven by blind obedience, 62% of organisations as driven by Informed Acquiescence, and 8% by Self Governing.


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