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3rd Edition

Organization Design
The Practitioner’s Guide

ISBN 9781138293243
Published June 15, 2018 by Routledge
338 Pages 44 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Organization Design looks at how to (re)design an organizational system in order to increase productivity, performance and value, and provides the knowledge and methodology to design an adaptive, agile organization capable of handling the kind of continuous organizational change that all businesses face. The book clarifies why and how organizations need to be in a state of readiness to design or redesign, and emphasizes that people as well as business processes must be part of design considerations.

With an enhanced international focus, this third edition includes new material on:

  • organization design theories
  • designing ethical, diverse and inclusive organizations
  • the role of leaders in organization design work
  • organization design in public sector organizations
  • and evaluating the success of an organization design project

This book is a must-read for students or practitioners involved in organizational design, development and change.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 What is organization design?

Chapter 2 Organization design, development and change

Chapter 3 Practitioner attributes, skills and roles

Chapter 4 Starting

Chapter 5 Designing

Chapter 6 Planning to transition

Chapter 7 Transitioning

Chapter 8 Optimizing

Chapter 9 Leading, communicating and engaging

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Naomi Stanford is an organization design writer, blogger, speaker and practitioner. She is currently working as a day-to-day practitioner in an organization and also consulting internationally in the public and private sector on organization design, development and change.


"To stay competitive in today’s dynamic and ever-changing world, organizations need to be designed for agility and high performance. Dr. Stanford masterminds the blueprint for success in her book which serves as a must-read practical guide for executives and professionals looking to take their organization’s to new heights."     

Rani Salman, Managing Partner, Caliber Consulting, United Arab Emirates


"The expanded and revised third edition provides a step-by-step detailed guide on how to achieve effectively and efficiently a business strategy or purpose through organization design. It is a must-read not only for human resources and organization design professionals, but also for business leaders."

Mark Jin, CEO, Human Resource Excellence Centre, China


"Dr. Stanford helped me realize that organizational design is an ongoing process. Her insights and frameworks are invaluable for HR and OD practitioners who want to be part of their organization’s evolution."  

Nicholas Sanchez, Chief People Officer, Namely


"Naomi Stanford’s thoughtful guide has been a go-to for practitioners for many years. Now she has completely refreshed it to reflect the complexity of organisational life in a straightforward manner and has added even more practical tools."

Sharon Varney, Director, Henley Forum, Henley Business School, UK