Organisation design – how the elements of an organisation are configured to deliver the strategy – is absolutely critical to the success of an enterprise. Yet how much do we know about HOW organisations actually “do” organisation design? Do organisations follow a similar process? Or do practices vary widely?
Most organisation-design books and publications focus on what organisations look like – the end results – rather than the process … the mechanics … the art-and-science … of getting there. Very few books or publications talk about the practicalities of implementing a new organisation design successfully.
At Concentra – in partnership with the University of Westminster Business School – one of our goals is to answer this big question: how do organisations “do” organisation design? And a slightly different big question: how should organisations do organisation design?
Research – How Do Organisations “Do” Organisation Design?
To this end, the University of Westminster Business School and Concentra have kicked-off practice-focused research – surveying organisations on how they actually do:
- Macro design (the top few levels of the organisation, or unit).
- Micro design (the middle and lower levels of the organisation, or unit).
- Making it real (implementation, making it sustainable, ensuring everyone really understands the organisation design, on-going evolution and improvement of the organisation design).
Organisation Design – Inspiration Groups
In parallel to the research, we are running Organisation Design Inspiration Groups to provide a complementary perspective on organisation design.
The Inspiration Groups will:
- Bring together organisation design practitioners, to share ideas and knowledge.
- Provide an opportunity to meet others who are enthusiastic about organisation design.
- Shape and influence our organisation design research.
- Exchange ideas on research and new thinking on organisation design practice.
There will be 3 Inspiration Groups over the next 8 months – all in Central London.
Invitation to Join Inspiration Groups
We are looking for people who are interested in being part of the Inspiration Groups – HR and OD practitioners, business unit leaders, senior line managers, executives, organisation design implementers, finance experts, internal continuous improvement leads, academics steeped in the rich history of organisation design research, designers, and innovators.
Our 1st Inspiration Group – Summer 2012 – “Learning from the World of Design”
Britain is an intensively-creative country. Our 1st Inspiration Group – which will meet in summer 2012 – is looking to the world of creative design for inspiration, and will explore whether organisation design practitioners can learn from:
Our 1st Inspiration Group – which will meet in summer 2012 – is looking to the world of creative design for inspiration, and will explore whether organisation design practitioners can learn from:
- Architectural design.
- Advertising and branding.
- Product design.
- Software design.
The meeting will have leading practitioners from these creative fields to outline design practices – followed by a discussion amongst organisation design practitioners to:
- Share experiences on current organisation design practices.
- Start to articulate what organisation designers can learn from the world of design.
- Hone the focus of the University of Westminster/Concentra Organisation Design Research.
- Shape future Inspiration Group meetings (autumn 2012 and spring 2013).
Whether your passion is organisation design, or “creative” design, whether you’re an academic or a practitioner, whether you’re a beginner or a master of organisation design … if you are interested in being part of our Inspiration Groups please register with us, and we will be in contact with you shortly.
 For a wonderful recent example of this, look at the images projected onto Buckingham Palace as Madness sang “Our House” during the Queen’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee Concert! Wonderful stuff!