Organization Design Certificate Program

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Organization Design Certificate Program

Organization design is a critical organizational capability in today’s dynamic global economy. CEO offers a Certificate in Organization Design for those interested in acquiring this important competency.

The Organization Design Certificate Program consists of three parts. Participants who complete all three parts and successfully complete a design project receive a Certificate in Organization Design from the Center for Effective Organizations, Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.


To register or find out more about the Organization Design Certificate Program, please contact:
Vivian Jimenez 
or call CEO at (213) 740-9814

Part I

Strategic Organization
Design Workshop

Core principles, frameworks,
models, and tools.

We use examples from our research and consulting to address the core building blocks of design and to demonstrate how to put them together to support strategy.

Design Topics include:

  • Strategy to Design
  • Designing the Lateral Organization
  • Organizing Around the Customer Innovation and Agility
  • Designing for Flexibility and Innovation
  • Designing Performance Management Systems
  • Designing Implementation Processes

The workshop is a prerequisite for attending Part II: Strategic Organization Design Activation Workshop. Attendance at any previous offerings of this workshop fulfills the prerequisite.

Program Fees

Part I: (fees subject to change)
$4,995 per person / Sponsor Companies
$6,195 per person / Non-Sponsor Companies

University of Southern California, LA, CA
April 9-12, 2024


Part II

Strategic Organization Design Activation Workshop

Develop your skills to ensure successful organization design activation.

Some of the more difficult design challenges occur after the organization chart has been communicated.  Activating a design successfully, that results in sustainable competitive advantage, is a formidable task.

In this highly interactive, practical program, participants will learn how to apply and leverage activation-related frameworks in addition to the frameworks and tools learned in the Strategic Organization Design workshop.  Real life case studies will be used to highlight applications.

 Participants will learn how to:

  • Integrate organization design with business model frameworks
  • Apply a systems-thinking approach to activation
  • Orchestrate identification and activation of effective lateral connections
  • Address micro-design challenges related to management processes, rewards, and people
  • Ensure effective design governance and change management to activate and sustain the changes
  • Understand how to influence and manage design fatigue and resistance

    This workshop is only open to individuals who have already attended Part I: Strategic Organization Design Workshop.

    Program Fees

    Part II: (fees subject to change)
    $3,200 per person / Sponsor Companies
    $4,100 per person / Non-Sponsor Companies

    University of Southern California, LA, CA

    Part III

    Strategic Organization Design Application

    A deeper exploration in the application of design topics, processes, and analyses.

    Continuing upon the learnings and work completed in the Strategic Organization Design and Activation workshops, participants learn from faculty consultation through one-on-one coaching while working through a real design challenge within their organization. Participants are required to attend virtual coaching sessions with faculty, prepare a detailed design case, and present, via online webinar, among peers of the strategic organization design community.

    Part III, which is the final phase of the Org Design Certificate Program, is only open to individuals who have already attended Part I: Strategic Organization Design Workshop and Part II: Strategic Organization Design Activation. Participants wanting to complete part III and gain certification must submit a design challenge/project for approval prior to starting the coaching process. See the link below to submit an org design challenge for approval and begin Part III.

    Program Fees

    Part III: (fees subject to change)
    $8,750 per person / Sponsor Companies
    $9,750 per person / Non-Sponsor Companies

    2023 dates to be announced

    If you are interested in completion of Part I, II and III to receive the Strategic Organization Design Certificate, please submit a design challenge below which will be the focus of your work in Part III. USC Marshall CEO Faculty will review your design challenge and determine if your project qualifies for use in Part III. The Faculty will contact you to discuss and clarify any questions. 

    Watch the Organization Design Video

    Meet Our Faculty

    Our award-winning research scientists, affiliates and  practitioners help companies drive performance by providing leading-edge research, practical tools, and a wealth of experience.

    Christopher G. Worley

    Senior Research Scientist, Center for Effective Organizations

    Research Professor of Management, Pepperdine University

    Beth Gunderson

    Affiliate Research Scientist

    Liz Vales Damron

    Owner & Principal at Liz Vales Consulting LLC