INSIGHTS

At Orgdesign Works we help organizations design and implement more effective ways of working.

 

Here in our blog we share methods, tools and concrete examples of our work. If something sparks your interest, let’s get in touch info@orgdesignworks.com

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I’m not the first (and won’t be the last) person to point out that we’ve just been through a dramatic if not seismic period of disruption across pretty much every sector of society and the economy.

 

We are undergoing regular and repeated ‘shocks’ caused by global pandemic, climate emergency, extreme weather events, protest and political fracture. This has been particularly acute over the last 12 months and it seems any notion of ‘normal’ will be a pipe dream for some time to come.

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If the transition to a more remote way of working feels like a seismic shift, you are not alone. Before the pandemic, only around 50% of companies allowed employees to work from home – now it is more than 99%, according to a Josh Bersin Academy report.

 

In conversations with our client network, we heard about both success stories and hardship. However, the common challenge is the complexity of navigating a situation that never happened before.

RESOURCES

If you want to learn more, here are some resources and examples to inspire you.

Organization design and more

European Organization Design Forum (EODF)

This is the ultimate expert community in Europe for organization design. Here you will find updates, training and events.

Reinventing Organizations by Frederic Laloux

The first book already inspired countless people and organizations to work with purpose, wholeness and self-managing teams. You can buy the original or the shorter illustrated version.

Turn the Ship Around by David Marquet

For those who think “but that won’t work in my organization”, this book describes how a unit of the US Navy moved from command and control to a trust-based organization.

The New Science of Building Great Teams

The secrets of building a great team and how you can achieve it with some organization design changes.

Corporate Rebels

An active and inspiring community that shares a wealth of experience and case studies about designing different ways of working.

Stories from the field

Why Novartis wants to "unboss"

One of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies is trying to change their culture with a different type of leadership.

How Bosch reorganized as agile teams

Multinational engineering and technology company Bosch moved from a traditional hierarchical organization to agile teams, eliminating 7 layers of hierarchy.

Agile at ING: HR's pioneering role

A deep dive into the transformation journey at this large bank.

Mindfulness leads to higher profits at SAP

Why a multinational software corporation sees a link between mindfulness and financial performance.

Haier elevation

How the world's largest home appliance manufacturer is organized in empowered, self-managed teams.

The Buurtzorg model

How a healthcare company with over 15,000 employees has an organization model based on purpose and self-management principles.