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  • 12 Jul 2017 10:14 AM | Sissel Jørgensen (Administrator)

    In line with the 2017 ODC Annual conference, this JOD Thematic Series explores the role and form of hierarchy in organizations, especially in novel modes of organizing such as collaborative communities, commons-based peer production, temporary innovation networks, and boss-less organizations.

    The deadline for the submission of papers is January 15, 2018.

    Both conceptual and empirical papers are welcome, and papers may address any aspect of hierarchical and non-hierarchical organizations. Topics can include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • means and consequences of reducing or eliminating hierarchy
    • substitutes for hierarchy
    • decision-making and resource allocation in non-hierarchical organizations
    • experiments or agent-based simulation studies of non-hierarchical organizations
    • qualitative case studies of the evolution of novel modes of organizing
    • purpose and role of hierarchy in future organizations
    • relationship between hierarchy and organizational performance

    The Guest Editors for this Thematic Series are Stephan Billinger (University of Southern Denmark), Maciej Workiewicz (ESSEC Business School), Børge Obel (Aarhus University), and Charles Snow (The Pennsylvania State University).

    Click here to read more on the Journal of Organization Design website!

  • 12 Jul 2017 10:10 AM | Sissel Jørgensen (Administrator)

    A new initiative has been presented by the ODC-member Ana Aleksic Miric to grow the ODC website as a knowledge base: Given the mission and the authority in the scientific community and practice, ODC has placed as one of its goals to help organization design science to establish and further develop the organizational design knowledge base. For this reason, a new service will soon be added to the existing ODC website by publishing information of the type listed below for the community to utilize:

    • Books that has appeared in the OD field;
    • Coming conferences;
    • Papers and book chapters to be published;
    • Projects ODC members are involved in and potential collaborators in projects

    This endeavour will be led by Ana as the Head of ODC Knowledge Resources. Ana is an Associate Professor of Organization and Management at the Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade.

    Please contact Ana if you have information on resources that you find relevant to share with the members of the Organizational Design Community: anaa@ekof.bg.ac.rs

    We look forward to this initiative being fully implemented on the ODC website.

    Members of ODC are always welcome to contact the ODC administration office with ideas for projects to evolve and benefit the Organizational Design Community.

  • 12 Jun 2017 1:27 PM | Sissel Jørgensen (Administrator)

    Organisations need to increase revenues, lower costs, and continuously delight customers if they want to do sustainable business. Doing so requires reinventing operating models. Join the EODF Annual Conference for practical examples and case studies highlighting how organisations and governments are modernizing their operating models to cope.

    #EODF17: Next Generation Organization Designs. Practical Operating Models Enabling Digitalisation, Customer Centricity & Agility.

    European Organisation Design Forum invites you to their annual conference: Come explore #EODF17, our friendly host DASA Dortmund and experience our unique conference design. Feel free to co-create this conference in Open Space sessions sandwiched between innovative keynote speakers, interactive sessions and a lot of networking.  Preceding the conference 2 days of Pre-Conference Masterclasses will offer you an opportunity of exploring in depth topics on organisation design. Choose the best masterclass for you!

    The Pre-Conference Masterclasses have been launched here!

    As partners of the EODF, we are pleased to offer ODC members tickets at member prices, please buy “Early Bird Special.”

    Book your place for the conference here! 

    Join the adventure by connecting with the discussion group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8540707


  • 10 May 2017 11:06 AM | Sissel Jørgensen (Administrator)

    We are pleased to announce that the organization design course provided by Solutions Consulting has been granted the Organizational Design Community accreditation. 

    The comprehensive organization design course: Designing for Agility: A Seven Step ProcessTM has successfully been evaluated by the ODC Review Board and granted certification by the ODC Board of Directors. We are excited to see the Accreditation Program expanding and providing value to more organizations and course participants.

    The ODC Accreditation Program adds value to both course participants and providers by:

    • Helping potential course participants navigate in a fragmented market of course providers
    • Certifying that participants received a theoretically sound and practically useful course
    • Helping course providers develop and differentiate their offerings
    Learn more about the ODC Accreditation Program


  • 10 May 2017 11:02 AM | Sissel Jørgensen (Administrator)

    A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between Organizational Design Community and Organization Design Forum in the pursuit of mutual interests in the field of organization design. The ODC Board of Directors are pleased with this development and look forward to take the next step in fulfilling the agreement. 

    The parties agree to cooperate in the following areas:

    • Each organization’s annual conference;
    • Co-developing workshops on organization design topics;
    • ODF participation in ODC’s Accreditation Program;
    • Explore opportunities for collaborative activities with other professional organizations in the area of organization design.

    You can learn more about Organization Design Forum here: http://organizationdesignforum.org/

    ODC look forward to collaboration with both ODF and EODF with whom ODC now has signed a memorandum of understanding.


  • 10 May 2017 10:59 AM | Sissel Jørgensen (Administrator)

    Visit the JOD website to read the most recent article exploring the topics of double-bind organizations, toxic communication and employee burnout: 

    “How to avoid destroying your employees and organisations due to burnouts, braindrain and fading performance? Stop double bind-communication in your organisation!” - Such is the title of the point of view article authored by Angelika Kutz, published in May this year.

    The article by Kutz describes a presumed connection between the double bind-communication pattern in organizations and its detrimental consequences for both the employees of a double bind-organization and such double bind-organizations themselves.

    Click here to visit the Journal of Organization Design website and read the full article.

    We encourage members to submit articles to JOD: Get high visibility, speed of publication, flexibility and promotion. 


  • 10 May 2017 10:48 AM | Sissel Jørgensen (Administrator)

    Organizational Design is the central subject in a new special volume of the Advances in Strategic Management Journal. The Editors of AiSM are interested in publishing journal articles representing a sample of the most significant empirical and theoretical developments at the intersection of organizational design and strategy.  

    In the call for papers, the AiSM Editors emphasize a special interest in work which links different disciplines (e.g., sociology, organizational economics, social psychology, history, organizational theory, strategy), blends theories, mixes methods or is otherwise particularly integrative in its approach. The Editors wish to offer scholars a chance to research topics which may be considered exploratory, risky or unusual for mainstream journals. 

    The objective of the special volume is to renew attention to foundational theories and highlight new and interesting efforts that develop and augment theories and methods in the pursuit of a better understanding of organizational design and strategic management.

    Submission Deadline: December 15, 2017

    View the call for papers here: 

    AiSM Call for Papers.pdf


  • 03 Apr 2017 5:29 PM | Sissel Jørgensen (Administrator)

    The Role of Hierarchy in Modern Organizations

    The role of hierarchy is challenged and disputed in modern organization design, but still we see hierarchy as the most common form of organizing. In this conference, we will address non-hierarchical modes of organizing and explore the role of hierarchy in today’s organizations.

    Speakers include:

    Professor Arun Sundarajan,  NYU Stern, People Analytic Manager Jennifer Kurkoski, Google, professor Carliss Baldwin, Harvard Business School, and Professor Jerry Davis, University of Michigan.

    Participation free for ODC members.

    Read more and register here. 


  • 03 Apr 2017 5:00 PM | Sissel Jørgensen (Administrator)

    Discover the recent activity in Journal of Organization Design; 3 articles published in March 2017 exploring the topics nudge management, conflict resolution in meta-organizations and digital organizations.

    Journal of Organization Design features new articles with the following titles - open access:

    Nudge management: applying behavioral science to increase knowledge worker productivity

    (Philip Ebert and Wolfgang Freibichler)

    Conflict resolution in meta-organizations: the peculiar role of arbitration

    (Klaus Heine and Maximilian Kerk)

    Platforms, ecosystems, and the internationalization of highly digitized organizations

    (Moshe Yonatan)

    -          Amongst several additional Organization Design articles published this year.

    Click here to visit the Journal of Organization Design website and read the full articles.

    We encourage members to submit articles to JOD: Get high visibility, speed of publication, flexibility and promotion



  • 03 Apr 2017 4:50 PM | Sissel Jørgensen (Administrator)

    Go Society invites you to a 3-day conference and 2-day clinic with the headline “Building Trust - Inducing Agile Organizations for Tomorrow” in Toronto, Canada.

    The theme will be the elegance and adaptiveness of Requisite Organization and its synergies with current management trends.


    The 3-day conference

    The conference will explore:

    • Day 1:  The core values (principles of design, talent pool management, the management practices) and their interconnectedness.
    • Day 2:  The relationship to other organization design approaches that exist and are emerging in our increasingly complex world.
    • Day 3:  The implications for application of RO principles to new issues facing management.

    Go Society’s new conference format will feature dialogue, discussion, sharing of ideas and experiences within contexts set by keynotes and presentations.

    The 2-day professional development clinic

    The clinic will support development of skilled knowledge by applying RO concepts to a case. The case will feature an organization challenged by digital disruption, needing to speed innovation in its customer focused value stream while working with stakeholder networks beyond the firm’s boundaries. In the past few years, the firm had established vertical RO accountabilities and now with its new strategy, it will work to refine the needed project management, lateral relationships and collaborative work culture.   

    Three prominent practitioners in the field will balance theory with client applications.

    Who should attend

    Most attendees will be experienced practitioners; however, the conference is relevant for all the following:

    • Those new to RO are encouraged to take advantage of the E-learning and pre-conference clinic so that they are well prepared for the advanced discussions during the conference.
    • Consultants, both external and internal, those specializing in strategy, organization design, and talent management but also those in other specialties that would benefit from deep understanding of a systems approach to organization design and management.
    • General managers
    • Senior HR managers

    Click here to register


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