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  • 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


  • 23 Jan 2017 9:11 PM | Michelle Buss (Administrator)

    ODC member Prof. Dr. Tobias Kretschmer from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München shares his experience with his Massive Open Online Course.

    On 9th January, 2017, the Institute for Strategy, Technology and Organization at the Munich School of Management launched a new specialization “Competitive Strategy and Organization Design”. Instead of traditional classroom teaching Prof. Dr. Tobias Kretschmer and his team decided to offer the three courses of the specialization as video-based Massive Open Online Couses, so called MOOCs. The courses are distributed in partnership with Coursera, an online platform that provides universal access to education.

    Since the launch of the first course, about 600,000 participants have signed up for the courses, so MOOCs seem to be a very effective way to share knowledge about organization design and strategy.

    “MOOCs are a completely different distribution channel compared to a typical university course. We can reach a completely different audience with it, so in a sense we are looking at a textbook case of economies of scope,” tells Prof. Dr. Kretschmer.

    “On the production side, we changed things around a bit – you cannot design a MOOC thinking you will be in front of a camera that simply records your lecture, so it was also instructive from a pedagogical point of view.

    However, one of the key factors in the decision to do a MOOC was that it was something new and explorative, which I found exciting."

    600,000 participants is very impressive. What kind of students did the course attract?

    “Anyone really. We have not done a systematic analysis of who takes part, but we have had high school students form rural US, entrepreneurs from Tanzania, FTSE C-level executives, MBA students – the lot really.”

    What did the participants pay for the course?

    Coursera’s current business model is that participants pay a monthly subscription fee (45€) until they complete the specialization. The revenue is shared between Coursera and the University.

    “However, I was less motivated by the financial potential of offering MOOCs. At the time of doing my first MOOC, there wasn’t even a business model. More important to me was, the opportunity to reach a wider and different audience.

    What is your overall experience with MOOCs?

    “I really enjoyed doing the MOOC, but it was also a lot of work. Think one full day per session pure recording time, plus preparation (you need to redo the slides) plus another day or cutting and producing. If you want to have quizzes, you have to design them too. If your institution supports you and/or rewards it, it is certainly a fun and satisfying activity. Not sure if I would recommend it pre-tenure though…” says Prof. Dr. Kretschmer.

    Prof. Dr. Kretschmer will be happy to answer questions on the MOOC production process from interested members of the community.

    See the course here
    See the specialization here
    Prof. Dr. Tobias Kretschmer


  • 23 Jan 2017 9:33 AM | Michelle Buss (Administrator)

    Revisit presentations of Raymond Levitt, Paul Wayne, Exequiel Hernandez and other speakers from August conference.

    Go to members area

    The videos of the presentations at the ODC Annual Conference 2016 are now available. 

    • Big Bets: Getting Organization Design Right
      Paul Wayne, Senior Advisor Organization Design, Chevron
    • Delivering Infrastructure as a Service, not a Product: The P3 "Golden Handshake" and its Governance Challenges
      Raymond Levitt, Professor, Stanford University

    • Liberty in Law? Intellectual Property Rights and Global Alliance Networks 
      Exequiel Hernandez, Assistant Professor, Wharton School of Business

    • Imaginative Choice as Organizational DesignJoe Porac, Professor, New York University
    • Organizing Corporate Social Actions  Jiao Luo, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota
    • Marketplaces and Control  Andrei Hagiu, Associate Professor, Harvard Business School
    • Challenges Confronted by Disruptors in Establishing their Platforms to Enable Sharing Across Contexts  Raghu Garud, Professor and Research Director, Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Penn State University

      Go to members area
    • 23 Jan 2017 9:24 AM | Michelle Buss (Administrator)

      Playfulness, ideology and the technology of foolishness in the creation of a novel market niche for distributed control: The case of iPLON

      Annachiara Casalini introduces her Case Study, coauthored with Guido Fioretti and Andreas Pykaase, on playfulness, ideology and the technology of foolishness.

      See video and read the full article here

      Submit your articles to JOD and get high visibility, speed of publication, flexibility and promotion

      The mission of the Journal of Organization Design (JOD) is to publish theoretical and empirical research on organization design.

      JOD is thus a core activity of the ODC.

      We encourage members to submit articles to JOD.

      Read more here
    • 23 Jan 2017 9:20 AM | Michelle Buss (Administrator)

      Several senior members have indicated that they would like to continue their engagement in ODC as Emeritus.

      We therefor now introduce a special rate of 75 USD for Emeritus members.

      If you want to change your membership category to emeritus, please send a mail to the Board of Directors at infor@orgdesigncomm.com

      If you as an emeritus already have paid the full fee, ODC will extend your membership period with one additional year

    • 23 Jan 2017 9:15 AM | Michelle Buss (Administrator)

      Do you know people passionate about organization design, we would love to include them in our community.

      ODC is a members driven community. Our activities are based on the ideas and commitment of our members, so getting the right people on board has always been a top priority for us.

      Our history shows this. In 2011 the 16 founding members each invited 5 fellow colleagues, who then again invited 5 and so on. Today ODC has app. 130 members, but we are always interested in new organization designers - individuals, firms, organizations or institutions - wishing to support and enhance ODC’s mission.

      We therefore encourage you to recommend OCD to fellow colleagues. They are welcome to send an application for membership to the Board of Directors, which is responsible for specifying the admission criteria and accepting new members.

      Read more about how to join ODC
    • 14 Dec 2016 5:33 PM | Pernille Kallehave (Administrator)

      We wish to thank the members of the community for the year that has passed and invite you to renew your ODC membership.

      It is the members that makes it possible for ODC to advance the theory and practice of organization design for scholars, executives and organizations. We hope that you took advantage of the activities that took place this year and we look forward to continue sharing and collaborating in the years to come.

      By renewing your ODC membership you will support the overall effort to advance the field of organization design e.g. via the Journal of Organization Design

      You will also get a number of benefits:

      Free access to the Annual Conference 2017 that will take place August 6 in Atlanta. The theme of the conference will be “The Role of Hierarchy in Modern Organizations”

      Free access to Organizational Design online teaching resources, videos and webinars –

      Discounts on books, conferences, etc. 

      Free access to a vivid and growing online network of scholars, executives and organizations - including the new member-to-member ODC webpage

      Free Newsletter to keep you updated on the latest seminars, conferences, publications and positions

      To renew your membership, log in to your profile at http://www.orgdesigncomm.com/Sys/Profile with your email and password and click on the Renew button.

      We look forward to be seeing you in the coming year.

    • 14 Dec 2016 5:32 PM | Pernille Kallehave (Administrator)

      The preliminary program for the ODC Conference  August 6, 2017 is now ready. Registration is open – and free for members.

      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.

      The program of the 2017 ODC conference in Atlanta is taking form in the capable hands of Marlo Raveendran, UC Riverside and Hila Lifshitz-Assaf, Stern School of Business, NYU.

      All academic speakers are now confirmed and you can see the preliminary program  - and register for this exciting event – here

      http://www.orgdesigncomm.com/event-2377282/Registration

      Remember – participation is free for members, so renew your membership now (link)
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