It’s one thing to have someone describe the taste of a lemon to you … sharp, zesty, bitter, tangy, citrus-y. It’s quite another to taste the lemon itself – to experience it.
And so it is with organisation design. Reading about organisation design is different from experiencing it in practice. Here at Concentra we are interested – passionately interested – in the practice of organisation design. We are interested in tasting it … from an on-the-ground, as-it-is, real-life perspective.
A lot of writing on organisation design is fairly theoretical. We’re interested in the practice – how is it really done? Not just the high-level trade-offs and design, but right down to the nitty-gritty: down to role level; how to right-size; how to do process level design and how to build in lateral capability. And we’re interested in how organisation design helps make an organisation not just lean, not just healthy, but fit.
With this in mind, we are partnering with the University of Westminster Business School to research organisation design in practice. We want to spend time with practitioner organisations to understand how organisations are designed in practice … the challenges, pitfalls, successes, issues, highs, lows, tips, tricks … the results, and how to make it real.
Lifting the Lid on Organisation Design Practice?
In one sense, a lemon is a lemon is a lemon. Once you’ve tasted one, you have a pretty-good understanding of what a lemon is, and what a lemon tastes like!*
But we think organisation design practice is different. We think organisation design practice varies … possibly quite considerably … from organisation to organisation. Part of the focus of our research is to understand the similarities, and the differences, in practices – to lift the lid on what happens, so we can help organisations and practitioners learn from each other.
Invitation to join us – would you like to be involved?
The University of Westminster and Concentra are currently looking for organisations to participate in our organisation design research. Individual results will be confidential, but summary results will be shared with research participants – enabling learning about how others do organisation design. Participants will get comparison information on what they do well (and gaps) versus peers, and have an opportunity to learn and access a body of knowledge on organisation design – including 2 free places** on an Introduction to Organisation Design Course, worth £800/place.
In terms of participating organisations, we are looking for both breadth and depth:
- Breadth – a mix of public and private sector, large, medium and small companies, from different sectors, with diverse strategies, issues and approaches.
- Depth – enough organisations from comparable sectors to enable meaningful comparisons against peers, as well as comparisons against the total cohort of participating organisations.
If you want to find out more about this research, contribute views on organisation design, or explore the possibility of participating in the research, please contact us directly at email@example.com.
You may never look at a lemon in the same way again!
* Though not everyone would agree that ‘a lemon is a lemon is a lemon’. The finest lemons in the world are reputed to be the Amalfi Coast lemon, Sfusato Amalfitano, grown on the Italian Amalfi Coast. They are unusually large, and are said to be “so good they can be peeled and cut into segments… eaten like bananas or oranges.”
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