|Title||Organizational Design: A Step-by-Step Approach|
|Year of Publication||2011|
|Authors||Burton RM, DeSanctis G, Obel B|
|Publisher||Cambridge University Press|
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.
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
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.,
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.