Design Organisation



This website is for people who want to keep in touch with the latest thinking in organisation design, development and change management – a network portal for both the established international community of OD professionals and those new to the practice seeking to know more.

You will find aggregated links to a range of OD blogs written by key academics and industry leaders who continue to shape the theory and inform the practice of OD. This site includes a guide to OD, resources, tools, videos and links to other OD websites, business blogs and breaking news about major companies and current human resource issues.

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Organisation Design is the deliberate process of configuring structures, processes, reward systems, people practices and policies to enable organisations to achieve their mission and strategy…
A high-level scan on the thinking, models and OD approaches recommended by leading OD academics and industry specialists…
Check-out our toolkit for OD managers to use at each step of the process, from design through to delivery…
Find out which operating model might be most appropriate to help shape your organisation…
A selection of useful videos found on YouTube…
Links from around the internet to OD and HR websites…

Forget personality – a thinkpiece on restructuring teams…

A scribbled thinkpiece from Q5’s Andy Cottrill on how to think about restructuring teams and businesses.


  • As European banks retreat from the world stage China is stepping up
    25 Sep 17
    As European banks retreat, China is leading something of a changing of the guard in global finance, write Susan Lund and Eckart Windhagen in Harvard Business Review.
  • Banking landscape shifts as Chinese groups globalise
    25 Sep 17
    European and U.S. banks are refocusing domestically while emerging market rivals expand abroad, write Susan Lund and Jonathan Woetzel in Financial Times.
  • How a large established company built a digital culture
    25 Sep 17
    How one large Malaysian business put customer focus, agile work methods, and design thinking at the core of its digital transformation.
  • McKinsey Quarterly 2017 Number 3: Overview and full issue
    22 Sep 17
    This issue of the Quarterly, available here as a PDF download, explores how digitization will shape global industries, discusses how to make better decisions, provides an action plan for workplace automation, and suggests ways for companies to improve HR.
  • Thinking without end
    22 Sep 17
    After the interview with Dawkins on BBC Radio 4 covered in the last post, the argument about evidence and political decision-making took further bizarre turns. The next day John Humphreys interviewed the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who was asked to comment on Dawkins’ views…
  • Substitutes for Silicon Valley: The case of the Round House Startup Factory
    14 Sep 17
    Taking a startup from creation to success is notoriously difficult. Many entrepreneurs gravitate to hotbeds such as Silicon Valley in order to enjoy high levels of intellectual and financial support that in turn make success more likely. This case examines an attempt to launch startups in…
  • While cycling …
    29 Aug 17
    Cycling the Fakenham 50k on Sunday gave me thinking time to work on the rough outline of a blog piece on programme management. Why that topic? Because last week I found myself re-immersed in the world of Terms of Reference, Project Initiation Documents, version control, project dashboards…



  • Personnel Today Awards 2017: Emerging HR Leader of the Year
    26 Sep 17
    Personnel Today Awards’ emerging HR leader category features four women who have rapidly gained the trust and admiration of colleagues… The post Personnel Today Awards 2017: Emerging HR Leader of the Year appeared first on Personnel…
  • The curious sacking on England women’s coach Sampson
    26 Sep 17
    England women’s manager Mark Sampson has been fired after historic allegations surfaced surrounding ‘inappropriate and unacceptable’ behaviour in his previous role as Bristol Academy manager. Enrique Garcia, employment law consultant…
  • Employer dangers of non-compliant group risk protection
    26 Sep 17
    As the State Pension Age increases, both now and into the future, employers are in danger of having group risk protection policies that are not legislatively compliant. Group Risk Development (GRiD) is urging employers to check this out. Comment…
  • Addison Lee drivers are workers, tribunal rules
    25 Sep 17
    An employment tribunal has ruled that a group of Addison Lee drivers were workers and therefore entitled to rights such… The post Addison Lee drivers are workers, tribunal rules appeared first on Personnel Today .


  • Semantic Distances for Technology Landscape Visualization
    26 Sep 17
    This paper presents a novel approach to the visualization of research domains in science and technology. The proposed methodology is based on the use of bibliometrics; i.e., analysis is conducted using information regarding trends and patterns…
  • Capital Controls and Macroprudential Measures: What Are They Good For?
    26 Sep 17
    Are capital controls and macroprudential measures successful in achieving their objectives? Assessing their effectiveness is complicated by selection bias and endogeneity; countries which change their capital-flow management measures (CFMs)…
  • The Components of Private Equity Performance: Implications for Portfolio Choice
    26 Sep 17
    We use a proprietary database of private equity returns to measure the excess return of private equity over public equity and to partition it into two components: an asset class alpha and compensation for illiquidity. Our evidence suggests …
  • Next year the GPS in your smartphone could be accurate to the foot
    26 Sep 17
    Currently, GPS chips in our smartphones can place our rough location within 9 to 15 feet, but beginning next year GPS could be much more precise, reports the Verge. That’s because Broadcom is beginning to produce a new GPS chip that… dynamically generates aggregated content from other external website feeds in date and time order. is not responsible for content displayed from external websites and any views expressed are not those of