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


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

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.