Nicolay Worren, Jeroen van Bree and William Zybach reflected recently in the Journal of Organization Design on today’s most important challenges in organization designs. Have they really changed significantly compared to all those we have experienced in recent years?
Even if it is oftentimes endeavoured to sell the employees on the idea that agility is the panacea for everything which will make the employees happy, we may never forget the following: Agility is no social romanticism.
Through his book “Reinventing Organisations”, Frederic Laloux triggered a discussion around alternative organisational forms with new interesting approaches. The trend to low-hierarchical organisations is clearly recognisable, but is the hierarchy truly already thus obsolete?
During times like these, during many transformation processes these days, we are experiencing the desire to agilely structure our business models. The digitalisation is also speeding up this process. Are there alternatives in this regard?
The digital transformation is forcing organizations towards more innovation. Innovation comes from the stimulance part of our brain and requires space in order to achieve our best. Can employees’ freedoms and operational control–as antagonists–have only one winner?
“The boxes-and-arrows approach to organizational design may have outlived its usefulness”, said Phanish Puranam. Over centuries, we have lived in these boxes, our status was defined through the box to which we were dedicated. Is this now all useless?
Globalization, digitalization and many additional themes have become the mega-trend in recent years. Do we still have the connectivity under control or is it more for us–like Peter Kruse said–like with the sorcerer’s apprentice: “I can’t get rid of the spirits which I have called forth“?
In the article “The Science of Organizational Design: Fit between Structure and Coordination”, Richard M. Burton and Børge Obel argue that designing organizations should be scientifically-based and forward-looking. Is this a contradiction in terms or does it fit?
Disruptive innovations through digitalization compel companies to change their orientations and structures. However, big companies find this transformation to be very difficult. How can this work? What makes start-ups better?
Over and over, we hear that the time of the traditional line organizations are coming to an end. Globalization will make leaders dispensable as they do not find the right answers to the increasingly complex environment in our business world. Is this truly the reality or just academic wishful thinking?