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How to approach organisation design what works and why
on 14 June 2007
The field of organisation design is a complex one and one that is beginning to attract more interest. The author points out that it is not given the time and attention it deserves in terms of management priorities.
This book follows her previous work on Organisation design, which sits on my bookshelf alongside other books in this field of which I suggest are worth buying.(see later]
I was looking forward to getting this book as their has been a shortage of practical/usable material on organisation design which as a Interim Manager/Consultant, I wish to use in my work in a wide variety of situations.
The book has a number of strengths for example chapter 2 on models/approaches/designs and the later material on culture and group processes.The book would have been more useful if more had been provided in terms of tools and techniques to help the reader in dealing with organisation design challenges.It is also very orientated to project management as a means of tackling situations. The pulling together of her work/approaches at the end of the book in terms of guidance for the practioner would have added more value than the chapter on "morphing not future proofing".Overall this book is a good buy.If you have not already read them the following are worth obtaining , as read together with this book provide a comprehensive coverage of the organisation design field:
* Designing Dynamic Organisations-J Galbraith-D Downey-A Kates.This is comprehensive and easy to use.
* Designing Effective Organisations-M Goold-A Campbell.They set out nine design tests which are practical and a good start point to evaluate your own organisation.
Stan Felstead - Interchange Resources - UK