Why did you agree to serve on the ODC board?
I have the good fortune of being a founding member of ODC and the Community’s mission has been very important to me for a long time. I am convinced that improving “how we organize” is going to be central to how we confront a variety of challenges in the near future – ranging from adjusting to distributed work and the rise of AI all the way through to climate change, inequality, and the colonization of Mars. The ODC is the only association I know of that is focused squarely on increasing our understanding of organization design from both a research and practice point of view. There are very few other platforms that allow this sort of intermingling of the best thinking from both worlds on a focused theme. It’s an honour to be the Chair of the Community, and I am really looking forward to working with an amazing set of Board and Advisory Council members during my term.
What are your aspirations for the Community?
There are many wonderful initiatives and projects already underway within the Community and I aim to support them as best as I can. While the variety of activities we engage in is quite large (the Journal, annual conference, webinars, podcasts etc.) the common thread I see is that ultimately these all serve to attract the best minds into this extremely important field, and provide opportunities for that talent to collaboratively create breakthroughs.
Phanish Puranam is a Professor of Strategy, the Roland Berger Chaired Professor of Strategy and Organisation Design at INSEAD. Phanish’s research in organizational science focuses on how organizations work, and how we can make them work better. His current interests include non-hierarchical organizations, the design of informal organization, and organizational architectures that support self-assembling teams.