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.


  • Smartening up with artificial intelligence
    22 Apr 17
    How AI will transform Germany’s industrial sector.
  • Building omnichannel excellence
    21 Apr 17
    As consumers move more of their shopping online, consumer-goods companies need to meet service and efficiency challenges across multiple channels. That calls for a new approach to the supply chain.
  • Healthcare giant shares prescription for digital reinvention
    21 Apr 17
    Stuart McGuigan, the CIO of Johnson & Johnson, describes how the life-sciences company has remade itself into a health-technology innovator.
  • Breakthrough technologies fundamentally change the game
    21 Apr 17
    The right combination of breakthrough technologies (such as 3-D printing, machine-to-machine communications, and advanced robotics) can help CPG companies achieve breakout performance.
  • Complexity and Management Conference June 2-4th 2017 – Agenda
    19 Apr 17
    What are the pressures in contemporary life which make it difficult to be in groups? A couple of weeks ago I worked with a group of senior managers from a British university. They told me about the changes they had noticed in the undergraduate student population over the last decade or so…
  • Complexity and Management Conference 2nd-4th June – Agenda
    19 Apr 17
    What are the pressures in contemporary life which make it difficult to be in groups? A couple of weeks ago I worked with a group of senior managers from a British university. They told me about the changes they had noticed in the undergraduate student population over the last decade or so…
  • Reclaiming the C-word
    18 Apr 17
    It’s time to stop pussyfooting about. We need to reclaim the C-word. To some people, the word is taboo. It never crosses their lips or appears in their writing. Not the sort of thing that a properly educated and well-ordered…



  • Data Scientist’ jobs soar
    23 Apr 17
    Advances in tech have boosted Data Scientist roles by 57 percent globally in one year, according to a Big Data Analytics and Business Intelligence Observatory run by Politecnico di Milano School of Management . Comment from Alessandro Piva…
  • What 13 highly successful people do right before they go to bed
    22 Apr 17
    It can be tough trying to fit everything into the day. Sometimes it can feel impossible to get everything done in 24 hours, and, as a result, the thing many of us tend tocut back on is sleep. According to research from the Sleep Foundation…
  • Level of Cyber attacks report seems low says experts
    22 Apr 17
    One in five actually seems incredibly low. I suspect most organisations will have had some kind of cyber risk issue, whether fraud or data theft and just may be deciding not to report it. Commenting on the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC…
  • 3 steps to improving self-awareness, the powerful workplace tool you're probably lacking
    21 Apr 17
    About 95% of people think they have good self-awareness, whereas only about 10-15% of us actually possess this skill. It’s a bit like how research has shown how 80% of participants in a study think of themselves as an “above average driver…


  • Semantic Distances for Technology Landscape Visualization
    23 Apr 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?
    23 Apr 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
    23 Apr 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 …
  • We Need To Figure Things Out For Ourselves
    23 Apr 17
    A week after the election, Yale history professor Timothy Snyder posted an ominous warning on his Facebook page. “Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism,” he wrote. … 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