TitleOrganizational Design: A Step-by-Step Approach
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsBurton RM, DeSanctis G, Obel B
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISBN Number9781107004481

Organizational Design: A Step-by-Step Approach, 2006, by Burton, DeSanctis and Obel is now available at Cambridge University Press. There is no version of OrgCon included in this book.

In today's volatile business environment, organizational design is a serious challenge for any manager, whether of a multinational enterprise or a small team.

This book sets out a step-by-step approach to designing an organization. All the key aspects of organizational design are covered, including goals, strategy, structure, process, people, coordination and control, and incentives. The text engages with critical issues affecting organisations, such as globalization, worldwide competition, deregulation and ever-new technologies, and contains many helpful features such as end-of-chapter reviews and unique step-by-step diagrams to orientate the reader in the design process.

Diagnostic questions help the reader to determine the changes needed in an organization.

The action oriented approach of this text helps the reader to assess and re-design the complex organizations of today, and plan for the information-rich organizations of tomorrow.

  • Allows reader to see organizational design as an integral part of an overall business strategy where high performance is a must
  • Focuses on actions - not just theory or abstract ideas
  • Step-by-step approach allows readers to understand and assess effectiveness of design throughout the process - not just at the end
  • Online access to OrgCon related material, companion software by the authors. A highly effective decision support tool which helps readers explore strategic and performance issues around organizational design

Editorial Reviews

This book makes the complex task of designing an organization understandable. It covers the main academic perspectives well, so any reader will find his or her favorite approach covered. I especially enjoyed the book's focus on application – the step-by-step approach, diagnostic questions that accompany each topic, and an emphasis on the importance of fitting key organizational components together.

Charles C. Snow
Chair, Department of Management and Organization, Smeal College of Business, Penn State University

“In Organizational Design: A Step-by-Step Approach, Burton, DeSanctis and Obel have struck a fine balance between theoretical rigor and managerial clarity. The information processing theory that underpins their organization design approach is rigorous and consistent. The book walks a reader through a clearly articulated series of steps to assess the contingency variables of strategy and environment, and to configure the organization's structure, process & people, and coordination & control to fit its context. This book makes a significant contribution toward advancing the process of organizational design from an art to a craft. It works well as both a monograph and a textbook.”

Raymond E. Levitt, Ph.D.,
Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering,
Director, Collaboratory for Research on Global Projects,
Academic Director, Advanced Project Management Program, SCPD

“This offers a comprehensive view of organizational design, covering a broad range of aspects. It includes not only strategy and structure, but also task design, leadership, organizational climate and incentives. The work draws widely on the concepts from research to offer a holistic model. It uses the contingency approach to spell out what fits are required for high performance, and what misfits should be avoided.

Lex Donaldson
Professor of Organizational Design, Australian Graduate School of Management (a joint venture the Universities of New South Wales and Sydney, Sydney, Australia)..

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