Today’s corporate organizations are powerful entities, a collective of individuals with a shared purpose capable of remarkable achievements, from developing advanced AI technologies to launching next-generation space explorations or pioneering renewable energy solutions. But with great power comes great responsibility. The corporate world plays a pivotal role in tackling some of the world's most pressing challenges, as outlined by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The path to sustainability is not just an option but a necessity for businesses aiming to make a significant, positive impact on our planet and society.
Part 2 The organization as a whole system
In part 1 of this blog, I argued that organization design is ‘all about the people’ and also ‘all about the work’. When you bring these principles to life in an organization design effort, you’ll have a good chance of creating change with a real impact.
At Orgdesign Works, there’s another fundamental idea that we always bring to organization design projects: to consider the organization as a whole system. This second part of the blog describes 2 typical cases that leaders present, and how considering the whole system is a way to develop solutions to each of those cases.
If you want to learn more, here are some resources and examples to inspire you.
Organization design and more
This is the ultimate expert community in Europe for organization design. Here you will find updates, training and events.
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.
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 secrets of building a great team and how you can achieve it with some organization design changes.
An active and inspiring community that shares a wealth of experience and case studies about designing different ways of working.
Stories from the field
One of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies is trying to change their culture with a different type of leadership.
Multinational engineering and technology company Bosch moved from a traditional hierarchical organization to agile teams, eliminating 7 layers of hierarchy.
A deep dive into the transformation journey at this large bank.
Why a multinational software corporation sees a link between mindfulness and financial performance.
How the world's largest home appliance manufacturer is organized in empowered, self-managed teams.
How a healthcare company with over 15,000 employees has an organization model based on purpose and self-management principles.