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Strategic Organizational Diagnosis and Design

Developing Theory for Application

Authors: Burton, Richard M., Obel, Borge

  • Develops the multi contingency theory for organizational design – the fit of environment, strategy, technology, size, organizational climate and leadership style with the organizational configuration, decentralization, information system and the managerial incentives
  • Is unique together with the OrgCon diagnosis and design program, as complementary hands on tools for learning about and applying a deeper and practical theory for diagnosis and design
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STRATEGIC ORGANIZATIONAL DIAGNOSIS AND DESIGN, 3rd Edition, systematically surveys the substantive literature on organizational design and develops the theoretical framework of multiple contingency organizational design. The multiple contingencies in the theoretical framework cover the contingencies of size, technology, environment, and strategy, as well as leadership style and organizational climate and culture. These contingencies are mapped into design parameters such as organizational configuration, specialization, decision authority, information processing, coordination and control, and incentives.

The book examines a variety of existing organizational situations — which can include the reader's organization — and provides the structure and analysis to diagnose and assess what can be done to have a more efficient and effective organization. Burton and Obel's dynamic multiple contingency theory of organizations provides the analytical framework and tools for the OrgCon© — a knowledge-base expert system which has been thoroughly vetted with business executives.

The accompanying software, the OrgCon© with training guide and cases (CD bound into the book), provides a managerial tool kit to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of organizations. Specifically, OrgCon© offers the manager or student a "hands on" knowledge of organizational design. It guides the manager or student through cases or their own organization and enables them to analyze real world organizational problems and seek concrete organization design solutions. The book and the software tool kit are an integrated package and combine to provide the analytical framework and tools that will result in building intuitive understanding of organization design through interactive applications.

For additional information on the book and OrgCon©, see the following URLs:

http://www.wkap.nl/prod/b/1-4020-7684-3 (hardbound)

http://www.wkap.nl/prod/b/1-4020-7685-1 (paperback)

Reviews

"The first edition of Burton and Obel's Strategic Organizational Diagnosis and Design offered the first ever synthesis of the entire contingency theory literature into a lucid and coherent teaching framework. At the same time, the methodology for organizational diagnosis and design captured in the Organizational Consultant software provided a uniquely valuable new teaching, learning, and consulting tool.
The second edition of this modern classic in organization design extends the scope of the first edition by adding a whole new section on organizational climate, and one on analyzing companies organizations using publicly available data. The Organization Consultant has been rewritten for Windows and significantly enhanced. Teaching organizational design with this book and software package was exceptionally easy, enjoyable and fruitful, so that my teaching evaluations for this class reached an all-time high!" (Class: Designing Project and Company Organizations
Instructor: Raymond E. Levitt, Professor of Construction Engineering and Management, School of Engineering, Stanford University)

"I have been teaching organization theory in the business school for some years; the students have great difficulty with the concepts and their meaning for them as future managers. Based upon the Burton and Obel book and ORGCON software, I have developed a pedagogy which excites the students about organizational design and gives them a structure for understanding the basic concepts in organization theory. I begin the course with a Danish company prospectus which provides a lot of information about the company. In small teams, the students develop the data inputs for the ORGCON software. They are asked to operationalize organization theory concepts in a managerial design context. Thereafter, the integration of theory and application is quite normal and they are able to focus on the complex problems of design choice and organizational change for implementation." (Torkild Jorgensen, The Aarhus School of Business)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Burton, Richard M. (et al.)

    Pages 1-40

  • Describing the Organization for Design Purposes

    Burton, Richard M. (et al.)

    Pages 41-82

  • Management and Leadership Style

    Burton, Richard M. (et al.)

    Pages 83-110

  • Organizational Climate

    Burton, Richard M. (et al.)

    Pages 111-144

  • Size and Skill Capabilities

    Burton, Richard M. (et al.)

    Pages 145-164

Buy this book

eBook $74.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-4684-0021-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Strategic Organizational Diagnosis and Design
Book Subtitle
Developing Theory for Application
Authors
Series Title
Information and Organization Design Series
Series Volume
4
Copyright
1998
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Kluwer Academic Publishers
eBook ISBN
978-1-4684-0021-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4684-0021-2
Series ISSN
1568-2668
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
504
Topics