Organization Design

The Center has performed numerous studies that explore, define, and assess new organizational forms and corporate structures for the knowledge economy. We research structures that are needed to implement global strategies, customer-focused organizations, knowledge production and leverage, team-based and collaborative approaches to organizing, and the use of lateral integrating structures and processes such as cross-functional new product development teams, task forces, and self-forming and planned networks. We also focus on organizing for sustainable effectiveness, and the complex inter-organizational and multi-stakeholder organizations required to solve many of today’s complex problems. In addition to looking at the impact of organization design on business performance, we look at how it impacts employees, customers, and communities. Current research focuses, described below, are on design for agility, design for sustainable effectiveness, and the design of dynamic network based organizations.