Workshop: Strategic Organization Design

Los Angeles
February 6-9, 2018 (Wait List)
We have an additional program scheduled on November 13-16, 2018

with Sue Mohrman, Chris Worley, & Beth Gunderson 

Guest Speakers: Becky Spears (Oracle)

This workshop can be taken as a stand-alone program, or as Part I of CEO’s Certificate Program in Organization Design. The Advanced Topics in Organization Design workshop, which is the second part of the Certificate Program in Organization Design, is offered regularly.


Organizational design is a cornerstone of competitive advantage and performance. The ability to design organizations that are efficient enough to drive performance and flexible enough to sustain advantage is a fundamental capability in today’s dynamic and competitive environment. Dynamic strategies call for new organizational forms that pose complex new design challenges at all levels and in all sub-systems of the organization.

The program has been recently refreshed to increase focus on the design challenges of an increasingly digital economy where work, change and design issues are merging.

This workshop provides participants with core principles, models, tools and examples of organization design for those who wish to develop a deeper understanding of this topic and to learn useable organization design frameworks. It addresses the core building blocks of design, and how to put them together to support strategy, including customer focused organization and organizational approaches to facilitate innovation and reconfigurability around opportunities and strategies. It provides a foundation of knowledge to guide organization design and of tools to use in leading the design process.

The workshop will provide frameworks helpful in addressing such challenges as:

  • Ensuring that the design of the organization supports the business strategy
  • Designing for flexibility, innovation, and rapid change
  • Organizing around the customers, geographies and products
  • Leveraging resources as the business becomes more complex
  • Designing effective alliances, networks, and other lateral structures
  • Governing a complex organization
  • Approaches to integrate complex globally dispersed organizations
  • Making sure the human capital approaches support the strategy
  • Implementing new designs

In order to get the most out of the workshop there will be a number of pre-work assignments:

  • Summarize a current organization design challenge using a workbook guide.
  • Reading (four) chapters from Jay Galbraith’s book “Organization Design” which will be sent in advance.
  • Read three case studies/articles that will be used during the workshop.
  • Attend a one hour pre-webinar that will provide you a brief introduction to the workshop.

In total the pre-work will take 3-4 hours.

Participants are encouraged to come teams from the same company. Groups of 3 or more from the same company receive a 15% discount.

Who Should Attend?

Individuals and teams who are interested in deepening their knowledge of organizational design should attend. The workshop is appropriate for HR professionals, internal consultants, line managers, and others involved with strategic design and implementation. Although it provides a broad overview and hands on tools, the workshop is designed for people with some grounding in organizational design issues.

Attendees might include:

  • Human Resource Professionals
  • Line Managers and Design Teams
  • Internal Corporate Consultants
  • Organizational Development Professionals

“I found this session incredibly valuable because of the content; it’s accessible, applicable, useful, and because of the faculty.”—Anonymous

“Excellent course! I’ve taken other org design workshops and this by far exceeded expectations and truly helped me gain a toolset and new capability.”—Mary Rose Wild (Stryker Corporation).

“This is one of the best workshops I’ve attended. Excellent work!—Fouad Chenin (Middle East Airlines)

“…I’ve really learned a lot that I can take back to my organization and add value.”–Anne Monahan (BAE Systems)


Susan Mohrman is a senior research scientist at the Center for Effective Organizations in the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. Her research and consulting pertain to innovative forms of organization, team-based organizations, organizational change and learning with emphasis on the implementation of new designs, and organizational design processes. Her books include Designing Team-Based Organizations: New Forms for Knowledge Work.

Chris Worley is a research scientist at the Center for Effective Organizations at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California and a Professor of strategy at the NEOMA business school in France. He is a recognized leader in the field of organization development. Prior to coming to CEO, he was Director of the Master of Science in Organization (MSOD) program at Pepperdine University and remains a primary faculty member in that program. His most recent book is Built to Change (co-authored with Ed Lawler).

Certificate Programs

This workshop can be taken to fulfill part of the Certificate Program in Organization Design. The Advanced Topics in Organization Design workshop, which is the second part of the Certificate Program in Organization Design, is offered regularly.

This Strategic Organization Design Workshop can also be taken as part of CEO’s Certificate in Human Capital and Effective Organizations.

Contact Alice Yee Mark for more information.

If you are with a sponsor company and do not have your discount code, log into your page by clicking on your organization’s name on the CEO Sponsor Companies page (under Sponsor CEO tab) to get the code. If you do not have your password, please contact us.

Registration Pricing


$5,250.00 per person
$4,460.00 per person for three or more from the same company


$4,200.00 per person
$3,570.00 per person for three or more from the same company

To pay by check or invoice

Click on the link above for registration. Once on the registration page, click the “Show other payment options” link below the green “Register” button. Select “Pay Offline,” fill-in the form and click “Send Invoice.”

Registration Deadline

January 9, 2018

Team Discount

Teams of 3 or more people from the same company who register at the same time receive a 15% discount. You must register all participants at the same time. Just choose this option when registering at the link above.


Portofino Hotel, Redondo Beach, CA (Los Angeles area). Special room rate: $216 per night (Hotel reservations should be made by the participant – call 800-468-4292. Must mention “USC CEO Organization Design” to receive special rate.) Hotel reservation deadline is January 9, 2018. Get more hotel info…


  • On or before 1/9/18 the cancellation fee is $250.00.
  • From 1/10/18 to 1/30/18, 50% of the fee will be refunded.
  • Registration fees are non-refundable for cancellations received after 1/30/18 and for no-shows.


  • 3 CEUs
  • Course #: CEO-001
  • Faculty: Sue Mohrman and Chris Worley

Additional Questions?

Event FAQ
Email Alice Yee Mark or call (213) 740-9814