Designing Dynamic Organizations: A Hands-On Guide for Leaders at All Levels

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Which business structures are best suited to the unpredictable 21st century? How can a company, division, or department reconfigure itself with minimum disruption and maximum impact? Every executive grapples with problems of restructuring--and most need hands-on guidance to solve them. This eye-opening book shows business leaders at all levels how to examine their choices by leading them systematically through these fundamental questions:

* Should we restructure to meet our strategic goals?

* What are the best structural options to achieve our success?

* What lateral processes are necessary to support the new structure?

* How do we staff the restructured organization to optimize results?

Based on Galbraith's world-renowned approach, this guide includes examples and worksheets that pilot readers through the essential steps of organizational design.

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About the Author:

Jay Galbraith (Breckenridge, Co) is a professor at the University of Southern California and the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne. His previous books, including Organizing for the Future and Designing Organizations, are classics in their field. Diane Downey (New York, NY) is president of Downey Associates International (DAI), a management consulting firm, and author of Assimilating New Leaders. Amy Kates (New York, NY) is a senior consultant at DAI.

Review:

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""This book offers a comprehensive and easy-to-use approach for creating high-impact organizations in uncertain times. The authors have successfully taken the complexity out of designing complex organizations."" -- Dennis Shiel, Vice President, Human Resources, MetLife

""Most corporate strategy does not fail because it is poorly conceived; it fails because the organization is unable to execute. Designing Dynamic Organizations is a must read for leaders who want their business to thrive in the global corporate environment. Galbraith, Downey, and Kates have combined their expertise to create a marriage between theory and practice. The authors provide the reader with a clear pathway for action, one that tightly bolts strategy to implementation."" -- Les F. Martel, Ph.D., Vice President, Global Learning and Performance, Instinet Corporation

""With increasingly uncertain and volatile markets, businesses are under crushing pressure to extend the reach of their strategic imperatives, to quickly adapt their work processes and structures, and to effectively leverage their human capital. Designing Dynamic Organizations is a veritable survival guide for organizations coping with these demands. The authors translate rigorous theories and models into practical step-by-step approaches that can be quickly absorbed and utilized by teams at all levels of the organization."" -- Nancy Bologna, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Best Buy Company, Inc.

""You will find Designing Dynamic Organizations an endless source of practical insights and ideas whether you are a line executive responsible for organizational performance or a human resources professional providing expert advice. Keep this book close at hand . . . it will prove to be invaluable!""-- Dave Tierno, Retired Senior Partner, Ernst & Young Consulting Group

""Galbraith, Downey, and Kates have done something delightfully different from the typical treatise on organization design. This book is all about practical tools and instruments, options and how-to’s. A real find for today’s business practitioner."" -- Reinhart Helmke, Executive Director, UN Office for Project Services"

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