There are maverick organizational design practices that generate a lot of hype and interest. By maverick practices, we mean organization structures, processes, and tools that deviate from the norm. Examples include a refusal to rely on the management hierarchy for the division of labor and the integration of effort, eliminating stable boundaries between groups, or removing traditional mechanisms of allocating work and rewards. Some labels we have seen in the last decade for this include Holacracy (Bernstein et al., 2016), the ‘Spotify model’ (Gerster, Brenner & Dremel, 2020), Haier’s rendanheyi model (Luo et al., 2018), Agile (Rigby, Sutherland & Takeuchi, 2016), and more recently, decentralized autonomous organizations or DAOs (Hsieh et al., 2018). These ideas are often developed by entrepreneurs or leadership teams that are looking to disrupt the status quo. They find some early successes in adopting these novel practices, and – unsurprisingly – other companies proceed to copy what looks like a new best practice. At times, these radically new ways of organizing enjoy only short-lived success, causing the originators to abandon these ideas in part or in whole. In other cases, the originating company sustains the practice for years, further evolving and refining it. Meanwhile, as the originators outgrow or further evolve their maverick practices, the imitators discover that they may have over-rotated, creating major downsides. These companies may end up adopting a much diluted version of the practice or giving up altogether. At times, the maverick vision is used by leaders to inspire change in their organizations even if the ultimate intention is to only adopt whatever part of the original idea is feasible and value-adding.
In this special issue, we want to further explore this dynamic, both from the perspective of the originator as from that of the imitator. For this exploration, we are aiming to collect contributions from both practitioners and academics. Our aim is to contribute to the knowledge at the disposal of practitioners, specifically when it comes to generating, appraising, and applying novel organization design practices.
Jeroen van Bree, Berenschot & University of Amsterdam
Martin Gonzalez, Google & Stanford University
Oliver Baumann, University of Southern Denmark
Brian Wu, University of Michigan
Full Manuscripts: December 12th, 2023
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Inaugural ODC-Accenture Best Paper Award in the Journal of Organization Design
For the first time, four outstanding researchers receive the Organization Design Community-Accenture Annual Prize in distinct categories for Established & Junior Scholar, Academic and Best Practice-oriented Paper in the Journal of Organization Design
In 2023, the chairs of the Organizational Design Community (ODC), the Editorial Board of the Journal of Organization Design (JOD), and representatives of ODC’s corporate member Accenture announced that the authors of the four best articles published in JOD in the past year will receive a best paper award along with a gift, sponsored by Accenture and ODC.
The award honors authors whose research addresses current topics in the broad field of organizational design.
Kazuhiro Asakawa (Keio University): Disaggregating the headquarters: implications for overseas R&D subsidiaries’ reporting and the subsidiaries’ knowledge-sharing patterns
for receiving the Annual Prize for Best Research Paper.
Jaeho Kim (Wharton) & Andy Wu (Harvard University): Extending the role of headquarters beyond the firm boundary: entrepreneurial alliance innovation
for receiving the Annual Prize for Best Research Paper by a doctoral student.
Marianne Livijn (Aarhus University): Navigating in a Hierarchy: How Middle Managers Adapt Macro Design
for receiving the Annual Prize for Best Practice-oriented Paper by a doctoral student.
Nicolay Worren (Norwegian University of Life Sciences), Tore Christiansen & Kim Verner Soldal: Using an algorithmic approach for grouping roles and sub-units
for receiving the Annual Prize for Best Practice-oriented Paper.
Journal of Organization Design had 3,987 downloads of the 1 paper(s) classified as relevant to SDG17
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