• 09 Mar 2016 2:48 PM | Deleted user

    The Journal of Organization Design (JOD) is a peer-reviewed, open access journal devoted solely to advancing the theory and practice of organization design.

    JOD welcomes submissions to the new special issue on 'Designing and Managing the Digital Organization'.

    Deadline for submissions: 1 August, 2016

    Please visit the Journal's website to read more about all aspects of JOD and submissions

  • 22 Dec 2015 10:00 AM | Deleted user

    It is a great pleasure to announce that the Organizational Design Community has published volume 4, issue number 3, 2015, of the Journal of Organization Design. Please enjoy the papers appearing in last issue of the year.

    We are introducing a new feature called the Research Primer Series. The purpose of this series is to introduce readers to a particular research stream or literature and articulate its implications for the theory and/or practice of organization design. The first research primer to appear in the series is by Metin Sengul and Stefan Dimitriadis on the topic of multimarket competition.

    The issue also includes one research article, one case study, one translational article, and two interviews in our JOD Live section. We are very excited about this new publication and hope you find the content interesting.

    We wish our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

  • 14 Dec 2015 1:01 PM | Deleted user
    Beginning in January 2016, the operations of Journal of Organization Design (JOD) will be outsourced to Springer Open Access, the largest publisher of open access journals in the world. By having Springer’s marketing power, we expect JOD to rapidly become more visible and attractive to authors.

    JOD will continue to be owned by the Organizational Design Community .

    New members of the editorial team
    In anticipation of this growth, we are increasing the size of our editorial team and board. We are happy to welcome Nils Stieglitz (Frankfurt School of Finance & Management) and John Joseph (University of California Irvine) as new associate editors.

    A Journal for both academics and practitioners
    At JOD, we publish five different types of articles (Research, Translational, Point of View, Urgent Issue, Case Study) as well as the Organizational Zoo and ODC live. In this way, the journal seeks to be both theoretically sound, practically relevant and use the fact that JOD is electronic only.

    Sponsorship means no APCs in 2016-2017
    Our objective is to have JOD become the most comprehensive and highest-quality journal devoted to the topic of organization design. JOD will continue to be an open access journal and due to support from Department of Management, Aarhus University there will be no APCs in 2016 and 2017.

    We invite you to submit a paper to JOD.
    Please submit here Journal of Organization Design

    Or contact us at

  • 10 Nov 2015 12:13 PM | Deleted user
    The Journal of Organization Design (JOD) is a peer-reviewed, open access journal devoted solely to advancing the theory and practice of organization design. We seek high-quality papers on any design-related topic for publication in Volume 5 (2016) and Volume 6 (2017). There are numerous benefits of having your paper published in JOD:
    • Your article is freely available to all who wish to read it. This allows you to present your organization design ideas and research findings to a worldwide audience.
    • JOD has a respectable impact factor, so your article has visibility in the scholarly community.
    • The editorial team and board members are internationally known academics in the field.
    • JOD has five different article formats, so you have a variety of choices about how to present your ideas.
    • The submission and review process is smooth and timely.
    • Article processing charges (fees paid by the author) will be waived for 2016 and 2017.

    Please visit the journal’s website to learn more about all aspects of JOD.

    We look forward to receiving your paper!

    Børge Obel (Aarhus University) and Charles Snow (Penn State University) Co-editors

  • 28 Sep 2015 4:10 PM | Deleted user

    Professor Richard Burton, Duke University, Professor Børge Obel, Aarhus University and Associate Professor Dorthe Døjbak Håkonsson, have published a new edition of their book Organisational Design: A step-by-step approach. Written specifically for executives and MBA students, the third edition of this successful textbook provides a step-by-step guide to designing an organization, from diagnosis, to design and implementation. It provides comprehensive coverage of the key aspects of organizational design, including goals, strategy, process, people, coordination, control, and incentives. Following a new diamond model, fully tested in practice, the book guides readers through an integrated methodology for organizational assessment and planning. It includes a new chapter on project managing organizational change on a practical level, new case study, extended discussions of new organizational forms, architecture design and knowledge systems, and new practical steps for implementation and change.

    Visit the Website for free access to a selection of organizational diagnosis, design and implementation models in Excel, as well as additional case studies, figures and tables from the book.

    As a paying member of The Organizational Design Community, you will get a 20% discount on the book. Find it on the ODC Website.

  • 28 Sep 2015 3:55 PM | Deleted user

    ODC and The Conference Board (TCB) have agreed to collaborate to the benefit of the members of both organizations.

    A central part of the collaboration is mutual marketing of events, so please take a look at the Conference Board event 11th Annual Organization Design and Diagnostics, and get a ODC member discount of USD 300 here.

    The conference will take place in NYC on December 10-11., 2015.

  • 28 Aug 2015 9:37 AM | Deleted user

    It is a great pleasure to announce that the Organizational Design Community ( has published volume 4, issue number 2, 2015, of the Journal of Organization Design ( Please enjoy the papers appearing in our second issue of the year.

    We are introducing a new series called Organization Zoo. Organization Zoo is intended to analyze new or unusual organizational forms. The objective of the series is to examine organizations that have recently appeared, or which would be considered as outliers compared to traditional organizations, in order to learn more about what particular organizational forms can do as well as their drawbacks.

    Each edition of Organization Zoo will be built on a case. The organization zoo already has many animals, but sometimes a new or unusual animal appears. We want to describe this new animal and how it behaves, and we want to analyze rare animals to make certain that we fully understand them. First, the case will be presented, and then several commentators will offer their thoughts and opinions about the organization.

    The first case in our series is on Valve Corporation, an American video game development and digital distribution company headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. Our case commentators are Carliss Baldwin, Julian Birkinshaw, Teppo Felin, Nicolai Foss & Magdalena Dobrajska, Lars Kolind, Georg von Krogh & Nina Geilinger, and Todd Zenger. We hope that the case and its commentators’ observations will provide you with a rich understanding of a new or unusual form of organizing.

    The issue also includes one research article, one translational article, and one point of view article. We are very excited about this new publication and hope you find the content interesting.


  • 27 Aug 2015 10:47 AM | Deleted user

    There are a number of vacant positions as assistant professors within the field of management at Department of Management at Aarhus University. The department would in particular like applicants within the field of organization design.

    Deadline: 13. September 2015.

    If you have questions please contact Head of Department, Professor Jacob Kjær Eskildsen, Tel.: +45 2429 3238, E-mail:

    Read more

  • 30 Apr 2015 6:30 PM | Deleted user

    It is a great pleasure to announce that the Organizational Design Community ( has published volume 4, issue number 1, 2015, of the Journal of Organization Design ( Please enjoy the papers appearing in our first issue of the year. This is a special issue on Organizing for Performance with special issue editors Andy Neely, Rick Edgeman, and Jacob Kjær Eskildsen. There are several great pieces in this issue, which include three research articles, one point of view article, and two interview resumes in our new journal section JOD Live. We are very excited about this new publication and hope you find the content interesting.


  • 14 Apr 2015 2:00 PM | Deleted user

    Journal of Organization Design

    Submission deadline, January 15, 2016

    Guest editors: Zeger van Der Wal (LKY-NUS) & Kannan Srikanth (SMU) 

    The Journal of Organization Design invites submissions for a special issue on the topic of “Design issues in Public-Private Partnerships (PPP’s)”.

    This special issue invites empirical papers using any methodology (cases, archival data or survey data analysis, experiments) that investigate design issues in PPP – contrasting them with the challenges in traditional buyer-supplier relations or alliances found between private companies- private sector partnerships ( or “PSP’s”). The question we focus on is how the “public” nature of one party to the partnership changes the design of such relationships. Papers from either a public administration and/or organization science perspective are very welcome.

    At a fundamental level, inter-firm partnerships can be seen as a particular instance of temporary (because they have a finite life) and lateral (because there is no formal authority hierarchy) organizations. We know a fair amount about this particular form of organizing, and how the basic design choices such as task divisions and allocation between partners, coordination, incentives and dispute resolution mechanisms (including reliance on equity ownership and consequent voting rights) affect their structure and performance. The benefits of synergies between partners, common pathologies such as “learning races”, as well as the advantages conferred by specialized organizational units responsible for managing a portfolio of partnerships, have all been well documented in the literature on PSP’s.

    In this special issue we are interested in understanding, with reference to the traditional “best practices” in the design of PSP’s if, why and how they need to change in public-private partnerships. In particular we would like to learn how design decisions can aid in the process of value creation and private capture, while also safeguarding the public interest. This contrast based approach is likely to generate insight about both public-private partnerships as well as the design of inter-organizational partnerships in general.

    Papers tackling questions such as (but not limited to) these would be welcome to be reviewed for the special issue:

    • How does the involvement of public interest influence partner selection, and the profitability of the private sector player in PPP’s?
    • To what extent is there flexibility in the distribution of tasks between partners in PPP’s?
    • How are multi-party PPP’s organized and managed? How do they differ from meta-organizations in the private sector? How does the existence of multiple stake-holders within the “public” side influence the design and performance of PPP’s?
    • What are the distinctive mechanisms of organizing and governance in PPP’s? By mechanisms, we mean contracts, incentives, task assignment, information exchange and communication interfaces, private and public audits, dispute resolution etc. For instance:
      • What are innovative contract design elements that seem to enhance the performance of PPP’s? What are the limits and possibilities of the use of pay-for-performance arrangements in PPP’s?
      • How does the organizational interface between partner’s look different in PPP’s and other private sector partnerships (PSP’s)?
      • How does the dispute resolution process in PPP’s differ from that in PSP’s?
      • Are there particular managerial skills needed to manage the interface in PPP’s? Are there particular incentive mechanisms that allow entrepreneurial decision making (i.e. avoiding omission errors) within the public partner, while preserving safeguards against improprieties and mistakes (i.e. commission errors)?

    Keeping with JOD’s aims, we wish to publish concise, clear and compelling articles (with the scope for putting supplementary materials in online appendices); short articles (4500-5000 words) are encouraged, though the shortening can also occur through the editorial process. All submissions are processed through double blind peer review.

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