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PLEASE NOTE:   To fully support the intent of the monthly conversations, please read the articles in the newsletter as the conversation is solely focused on the articles, but starting in October 2017 we now offer the possibility to join in as an observer if you haven’t had the opportunity to read the articles.

Our next Global Conversation is Wednesday, June 27th @ 12:30 PM (EDT)

As a joint project between ODF & European ODF we invite you to be part of our new initiative: monthly online conversations on hot topics/trends in Organization Design. The Curatorial Board, composed of five OD experts, academics, and practitioners, selects the most interesting new articles, blog ­posts, books and case studies to share with our fellow organization design professionals each month in a newsletter distributed by EODF. We now plan to have monthly one­ hour discussions with a small group of ODF and EODF members to talk about the themes we see emerging from the articles in each newsletter. We will use Zoom as the virtual (video or phone) platform for this.

If you are not already a member, or have access as a benefit of attending our 2018 Annual Conference, you can gain access to the monthly newsletter & Knowledge Base for €60/year!

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Access to “hot global” design topics . . .

Do you want access to the best resources on Organization Design from around the world? It’s available . . . right at your fingertips! ODF is partnering with our companion organization, the European Organisation Design Forum (EODF). They publish a monthly e-newsletter bringing you carefully selected resources, including articles, blogs, and videos, just a click away. All you have to do is open the email and click on what is of interest to you!

Additionally, beyond the monthly email, you have access to the whole EODF Knowledge Base. Along with on-line journal and educational resources, this offers more in-depth information about:

  • Theoretical Foundations
  • Models and Forms
  • Approaches and Methods
  • Cases and Tools
  • Implementation and Transformation


May 2018 newsletter

ODF + EODF May 30th Global Conversation (.txt file from Chatbox dialog)

This month’s newsletter topics include:

  • Three Ways to Make Organizations Agile
  • Microsoft’s Next Act
  • Agile at Scale
  • Structure that is Not Stifling
  • Organization Design: The Hot Topic

April 2018 newsletter

ODF + EODF Apr 25 Global Conversation (.txt file from Chatbox dialog)

This month’s newsletter topics include:

  • HR Earning a Strategic Seat at the Transformation Table
  • Q&A on the book Company-wide Agility with Beyond Budgeting, Open Space & Sociocracy
  • 10 Components That Successfully Abolished Hierarchy (In 70+ Companies)span>
  • Complexity and Organisational Processes
  • Design Classic: Putting Organizational Complexity In Its Place

March 2018 newsletter

ODF + EODF Mar 28 Global Conversation (.txt file from Chatbox dialog)

This month’s newsletter topics include:

  • Behind the Scenes of Top Digital Makeovers
  • Beyond Matrix Structures
  • Overcoming Challenges During a Major Transformation
  • The Science of Organization Design: Fit Between Structure and Coordination
  • Organization Design: A Toolkit of Toolkits

February 2018 newsletter

ODF + EODF Feb 28 Global Conversation (.txt file from Chatbox dialog)

This month’s newsletter topics include:

  • The Five Trademarks of Agile Organizations
  • The World’s Most Pioneering Company of Our Times
  • Starting a Transformation? Don’t Change Everything
  • Organisation Design Masterclasses
  • Design Classic: Design Thinking is Bullsh!t

January 2018 newsletter

ODF + EODF Jan 31 Global Conversation (.txt file from Chatbox dialog)

This month’s newsletter topics include:

  • More Than a Feeling: Ten Design Practices to Deliver Business Value
  • When to Decentralize Decision Making, and When Not To
  • What to Expect From Agile
  • Job Description: Dead or Alive?
  • Design Classic: As Work Gets More Complex, 6 Rules to Simplify

December 2017 newsletter

ODF + EODF Dec 28 Global Conversation (.txt file from Chatbox dialog)

This month’s newsletter topics include:

  • How We Reorganized Instagram’s Engineering Team While Quadrupling Its Size
  • What Every Leader Needs to Know About Organizational Management
  • The Comeback Kids: Lessons from Successful Turnarounds
  • The Matrix is Not the “End Point” for Complex Firms
  • Maybe, I’ve Left It Too Late? How would you design an hour’s introduction to design thinking?

November 2017 newsletter

ODF + EODF Nov 30 Global Conversation (.txt file from Chatbox dialog)

This month’s newsletter topics include:

  • Rethinking the Workplace:  Flexibility, Fairness, and Enlightened Automation
  • Leveraging Digital to Optimise the Customer Experience
  • Safe Enough to Try:  An Interview with Zappos CEO, Tony Hsieh
  • Simplifying Organizational Barriers
  • Creating Management Processes Built for Change

October 2017 Newsletter

Chat Box Conversation (.txt file from Chatbox dialog)

This month’s e-newsletter topics include:

  • Self-Managing In Merry-go Round
  • GE’s Global Growth Experiment
  • How To Design An Agile Organization
  • Designing A Small HR Function
  • How To Design An Intelligent Organization

September 2017 Newsletter

Chat Box Conversation(.txt file from Chatbox dialog)

This month’s e-newsletter topics include:

  • How My Students Learn Organization Design
  • Boosting Performance Through Organization Designfamily: arial;”>Organization Health: A Fast Track to Performance Improvement
  • Leading Design Work
  • The Roots of Agility

July 2017 Newsletter

July Global Conversation (.txt file from Chatbox dialog)

This month’s e-newsletter topics include:

  • Organisation Design Based on Science, Not Superstition
  • Untangling Your Organization’s Decision Making
  • Seeing the Bigger Picture: Where Operations Meets Business
  • Accountability: Is It a Design Concern?
  • Design Classic: Governing ‘Socie-ties’

June 2017 Newsletter

June 28 Global Conversation (.txt file from Chatbox dialog)

This month’s e-newsletter topics include:

  • A Framework for Deep-Tech Collaboration
  • 5 Questions to Ask About Culture to Get Beyond the Usual Meaningless Blather
  • Seeing Through the Network: Competitive Advantage in the Digital Economy
  • This Company Achieves 100% Customer Satisfaction with 0% Managers
  • Which Organisation Design Program? – Blog by Naomi Stanford

May 2017 Newsletter

ODF + EODF May 24 Global Conversation (.txt file from Chatbox dialog)

This month’s e-newsletter topics include:

  • Designing Organisations that Work for Lean and Agile Thinking People – Video discusses the nexus of organisational landscapes types, work-climate and lean and agile working practices.
  • Finding the Right Digital Balance in B2B Customer Experience – This article highlights six journeys that drive customer experience in B2B transactions which can be group into three key areas: delivering the right product and improving the selection process; codeveloping products; and customer training and support.
  • Design Thinking: The New DNA of the Financial Sector – This report outlines how design thinking can be applied to the financial services sector, including a case study of a design project.
  • The Corporate Rebels Canvas: A Practical Tool to Build a Workplace People Love – This blog introduces a participative organisation design workshop approach for creating better workplaces.
  • Astonishment and Don’t Know – Blog By Naomi Stanford discussing the importance of generating ideas from both managers and other employees to tackle complex organisational design problems.

March 2017 Newsletter

This month’s e-newsletter topics include:

  • Restructure or Reconfigure? – ‘Reorganisation’ is a term used to describe two distinct change processes—restructuring and reconfiguration. This article outlines a four-part framework to help guide the reorganisation process
  • How to Build a Connected Workforce – This article discusses workplace collaboration from a technology perspective and explores the implications of collaborative working on product and service design and corporate strategy.
  • The Dark Side of Transparency – This article looks at three main areas where too much transparency creates problems and offers some guidance on how to get the balance right in organisations.
  • How Spotify Balances Employee Autonomy and Accountability – This article identifies the three main challenges to balancing employee autonomy and accountability and examines how Spotify’s agile management approach addresses these challenges.
  • Designing Resilience – Blog By Naomi Stanford exploring the concept of organisational resilience and identifies key dimensions of ‘change resilience’ before outlining the organisational design implications of resilience.

February 2017 Newsletter

ODF + EODF Feb 22 Global Conversation (.txt file from Chatbox dialog)

This month’s e-newsletter topics include:


  • Constructing places where employees can collaborate, improvise, and watch one another can encourage creativity
  • ING’s Agile Transformation, the article explores the Dutch banking group ING’s journey to an “agile” model inspired by companies such as Google, Netflix and Spotify
  • Explore some of the common challenges of collaborative working practices, the influence of national cultures and the role of organisational leadership
  • Explore the concept of the hidden matrix within organisations by identifying the distinction between “formal” and “informal” ties
  • Webinar discusses the inadequacies of our familiar change models and outlines the systems model for design along with a methodology and tools for embedding “agile” focused capability

ING’s successful move from stovepipes and turf to the agile business model was not only February’s top trending newslettertopic, but was also identified by those joining. January’s trending topic highlighted agile, and so the ING article actually answered an important question, “can agile really scale?” ING’s two year effort was not isolated to the IT department, and has, based on our design sources close to the project, as well and the article’s authors, been a substantial success. Many have thought of the financial industry as lagging in this type of design innovation, and ING’s case study proves that an unexpected industry, can, with the right ingredients, really transform their organization and culture with an effective design effort.