How to grow effectively: Organization Design

Scaling Organizational Structure Module

An organization should operate like a city. Some parts emerge bottom-up while others are designed top-down. The art of management is finding the right balance between these two approaches. This module is about organization design.

What will you learn?

  • The relationship between the value created by an organization and how the organization is organized and why there is no perfect organizational design.
  • Advantages and disadvantages of organizations organized as hierarchy or network.
  • Why and when would you choose for specialization or generalization of co-workers?
  • When to focus on efficiency or effectiveness as an organization plus the pros and cons.
  • The advantages and disadvantages of centralization and decentralization in an organization.
  • Should an organization focus on exploitation or exploration.
  • Organizational practices like double linking, big room planning, open allocation, and semi-stable teams.

Organizations which design systems are constrained to produce designs which are copies of the communication structures of these organizations.

Conway’s Law, Melvin Conway

What will we discuss in this module?

  • Is a Management 3.0 mindset always connected to a network or hierarchy type of organization?
  • Can co-workers or teams be involved, and how much, in deciding on new organizational structures?
  • What is true agility in an organization, when is an organization really agile?

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The Scaling Organizational Structure module is part of the following workshops:

Certified Management 3.0 Foundation Workshop Attendee
Foundation Workshop
Certified Management 3.0 Agile in HR Workshop Attendee
Agility in HR Workshop

Good to know: Scaling Organizational Structure belongs to the view Grow Structure, just as Hiring Great People and Agile Product Development.

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