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.


  • A board interview guide for prospective CEOs
    20 Apr 18
    Working through these questions as they prepare to take the top job can help executives clarify their thinking.
  • Advice for transitioning into the chief-executive role
    20 Apr 18
    While every transition is unique, here are some pointers for executives moving into the top job.
  • The role of education in AI (and vice versa)
    19 Apr 18
    Princeton’s head of computer science, Jennifer Rexford, explains how artificial intelligence is set to change not only what teachers teach but how they teach.
  • Kraft Heinz’s Culture Crisis
    19 Apr 18
    (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) On Wall Street, a good sell-side analyst researches and understands the company she/he is providing opinion on and, with the benefit of that knowledge, they provide buy/hold/sell guidance to the company’s investors and potential investors. It is noteworthy…
  • Taking the measure of innovation
    19 Apr 18
    Don’t overlook the insight that two simple metrics can yield about the effectiveness of your R&D spending.
  • Organisation development: a bold explorer’s guide
    3 Apr 18
    This month sees the publication of the book that James Traeger and I have been working on over the last year or so. It has been a project where we have been keen to put the art of everyday interaction at the centre of organisation development (OD). We wanted to write a book that gave confidence…
  • Are “shared values” the norm?
    27 Mar 18
    In Informal Coalitions, I challenged the widely held view that people need to share the same values, if organizations (and society more generally) are to function effectively. I referred to this again recently, as a brief aside during a session…



  • Calls for pension reform for self-employed
    22 Apr 18
    The RSA has published a report on retirement saving for the self-employed, titled ‘Venturing to Retire’.  The lead proposal is for reform of pension taxation in favour of a flat rate top up from the Government set at 30 percent. Contributor…
  • Things just got tougher for Rogue recruiters
    22 Apr 18
    Recruitment agency owners now face greater financial scrutiny and risk as the latest phase of the Criminal Finances Act 2017 (CFA) comes in to force. That’s according to the leading supplier of international contractor management solutions…
  • Digital sets marketing agency jobs market soaring
    21 Apr 18
    Marketing roles within agencies increased 35 percent year-on-year to March 2018, according to the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), as organisations increasingly look towards outsourcing. The number of marketing vacancies…
  • Are fears of crash in used diesel car values diminishing?
    21 Apr 18
    Fears of a crash in used diesel car values prompted by emissions scandals, confused Government policy and other factors “should now have passed,” says the Vehicle Remarketing Association. Contributor Glenn Sturley, Chair – VRA. Widespread …


  • Semantic Distances for Technology Landscape Visualization
    22 Apr 18
    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?
    22 Apr 18
    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
    22 Apr 18
    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 …
  • After you raise your hand…
    22 Apr 18
    Show up. Show up and keep showing up. Show up with at least enthusiasm as you had when you first raised your hand to volunteer. The volunteering part is easy. Making promises is a fun way to get someone’s attention….       … 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