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The Viability of Organizations Vol. 3

Designing and Changing Organizations

Authors: Lassl, Wolfgang

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  • Provides a comprehensive guide to interpreting, designing and adapting organizational structures using the Viable System Model  
  • Describes a step-by-step method to developing viable organizational structures
  • Combines intuitive explanations, multiple examples and explanatory graphics to guide the readers through the application of the Viable System Model to organizational structures
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About this book

The design process for organizational structures sometimes resembles a random walk, especially when it is embedded in an arena of competing personal interests and power games. Many organizations still lack clear guidance and are therefore seeking a rigorous, nuanced, and impartial methodology for the design and development of their organizational structures, processes and behavioral repertoire. The Viable System Model (VSM) can help: by identifying the essential design principles and parameters that need to be considered, and which can be used to enhance an organization’s effectiveness, adaptability, cohesion and overall viability.
This book, the third volume in a set of three, connects the VSM to the world of the standard organizational chart. It offers readers a new perspective on corporate functions and their contributions to the organization as a whole. Further, it shows them how the VSM can be used to develop viable organizational structures, following a detailed step-by-step approach. Lastly, it explains the vital processes, behaviors, and attitudes that need to be developed in order to make organizations truly viable.

Readers will find solutions to, and guidelines on, many critical organizational design issues, e.g. designing job profiles; correctly mapping synergistically (“centrally”) operating units in the organizational chart; outsourcing processes; and handling matrix situations; as well as designing and implementing organizational change processes.

About the authors

Wolfgang Lassl is a management consultant and researcher with a long and successful track record both in management consultancy and academia. He looks back at teaching assignments such as at the University of Vienna and Tufts University (Fletcher School). He is an associate of the Peter Drucker Society Europe and a member of the program steering committee of the Annual Global Peter Drucker Forum. Having worked for international consultancies, he is now a director at the Pure Managementgroup.  

Table of contents (19 chapters)

Table of contents (19 chapters)
  • “Organization in 3D”: Discovering the Systemic Dimension of Organizations

    Pages 3-27

    Lassl, Wolfgang

  • The Organizational Chart and the VSM: How Does One Get from One to the Other?

    Pages 29-45

    Lassl, Wolfgang

  • The Art of Designing Jobs and Units—The “Left Wing” of Organizations (Part 1)

    Pages 47-60

    Lassl, Wolfgang

  • The Limitations of Jobs and Units—The “Left Wing” of Organizations (Part 2)

    Pages 61-74

    Lassl, Wolfgang

  • The “Right Wing” of Organizations—Overview (Part 1)

    Pages 75-87

    Lassl, Wolfgang

Buy this book

eBook $64.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-25854-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-25853-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Viability of Organizations Vol. 3
Book Subtitle
Designing and Changing Organizations
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-25854-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-25854-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-25853-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 349
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 147 illustrations in colour
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