Organization Design Forum

Organization Design practitioners share knowledge, create community, and promote excellence in practice to help organizations around the world be more effective, successful, and inspiring places to work.

Our Mission

The Organization Design Forum is an association of practitioners intent on sharing knowledge, creating community, and promoting excellence in practice to help organizations around the world be effective, successful, and inspiring places to work.

Our Vision

To be the international community that connects, convenes and creates innovative and leading edge thinking where theory and practice come together to advance organizations through design.

Our Community

Anyone interested in being part of the vision!
ODF’s organizes itself in support of four general types of practitioners:

  1. Brokers – Individuals seeking information about organization design or access to organization design practitioners.
  2. Learner – Individuals and groups who have accountabilities for organization design or related projects, are new to the field, and are seeking training, models, principles and methods.
  3. Multidisciplinary – Practitioners who conduct organization design projects occasionally in conjunction with other types of organizational activities (e.g., project or organizational leadership/management, strategy, change management, culture change, leadership development, coaching, etc.)
  4. Scholar Practitioners – Thought leaders and design practitioners whose practice is predominantly organization design and who help advance the field of practice.

2x2 Practitioner Landscape

What would you like to see to support your (or your staff) needs in each quadrant?

The ODF Value Proposition

We offer:

A community whose aim is to build and share knowledge and capabilities, create new thinking and methods, provide or generate insight into the application of organization design systems and solutions, and support one another in our work. ODF provides a range of offerings, including:

Opportunities for:

  • airing, sharing, and testing new concepts/ideas and showcasing innovative work
  • engaging with leading internal and external practitioners
  • pursuing and testing effective and innovative theories, practices, and learning experiences
  • access to organization design tools, techniques, learning resources
  • networking

…through these means of delivery:

ODF’s organization design is based on a shared leadership model. All Board members have responsibility and decision-making authority for a work stream or project, and come together as a team to decide on the overall direction for ODF.

Our History

The History of the Organization Design Forum

The Organization Design Forum has a proud history of more than a quarter century. It was first known as The Association for the Management of Organization Design (AMOD) when it was incorporated in 1989 by a group of early organization design practitioners. It was led by Dan Duncan, an industrial psychologist, who held the first public seminars on practices and cases in organization design in the 1980’s.   Contingency theory and socio-technical systems design, behavioral psychology, the social sciences, and the emerging complexity of multi-national corporations, inspired deep interest in organization design in the 1970’s and 80’s.   That organization structure and process are contingent on organization strategy and environment was an accepted principle and was promoted by leading consulting firms such as McKinsey, and reflected in Jay Galbraith’s STAR Model™.

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