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Introduction to Organizational Structure and Design

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Jay R. Galbraith, Designing Organizations:  An Executive Briefing on Strategy, Structure and Process, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1995.

Drawing on over ten years of research, the author shows how organization design supports policies, behaviors, and performance. The book will equip leaders with the concrete understanding and tools necessary to select and implement the most efficient design and to create a superior organization.

Elliott Jacques, Requisite Organization:  A Total System for Effective Managerial Organization and Managerial Leadership for the 21st Century, Falls Church, VA:  Cason Hall & Co. Pub., 1998.

Jaques' ideas are based on complex theories of work, knowledge and human nature that revolve around the notion that structure is more important than personality and that detailed attention to exact roles and responsibilities within a corporation leads to more satisfied employees and a more successful, efficient corporation.

David Nadler and Michael Tushman, Competing by Design:  The Power of Organizational Architecture, New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.

The search for competitive advantage, write management consultants and educators David Nadler and Michael Tushman, is "the defining goal of modern-day business." Competing by Design: The Power of Organizational Architecture, is their guide to reaching that goal through total integration of corporate structure, workplace culture, and employee motivation. Bringing all such processes together into one unified organization, they contend, is as important to a company's future as the architectural unity of the building that houses it.

Nohria, Nitin, “Note on Organization Structure,” Harvard Business Review, May - June 1995.

Provides the reader with a basic understanding of organization structure. The first section provides a brief history of the main ideas pertaining to organization structure. The second section outlines some of the concepts and factors that must be taken into account while designing organization structure. Some of the prototypical forms of organization structure and their strengths and weaknesses are described in the third section. Finally, some emerging trends in how organizations are structured are discussed in the last section.

 

 
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