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last Wednesday of the month @ 12:30 PM (ET)
upcoming sessions:
April 26th – in conjunction with ODF’s Annual Conference [Time TBD]
May 24, 2017

PLEASE NOTE:  To ensure the most productive conversation, it is essential you have read the newsletter that is sent out in the second week of the month . . .
(see below if you do not already receive it)

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 2015 and 2016 Annual Conferences, you can gain access to the monthly newsletter & Knowledge Base for €50/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


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.

January 2017 Newsletter

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

This month’s e-newsletter topics include:
  • Zappos is struggling with Holacracy because humans aren’t designed to operate like software
  • Use design thinking to build commitment to a new idea
  • Embedding digital DNA in your organization: Think “rewire” instead of “redesign”
  • Naomi Stanford explores the thesis that compassion is a better managerial approach than toughness
  • Top-down, Bottom-up, Outside-in, and from the Middle-out: Where Traditional Change Processes Fall Short

December Newsletter

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

This month’s newsletter topics include:

  • Agile Marketing: A step-by-step guide
  • (Re-)Designing Organizations Lessons from the field Report
  • The blurring between Design Thinking and Agile
  • An inside view of Zappos (and the mysterious Holacracy experiment
  • Impressions from the 8th Global Peter Drucker Forum

In our session, we discussed two major themes. The first, based on the Ashridge report, was around the different approaches you can take as an organization designer. We specifically focused on the involvement of the leadership team and on the ways they can have an influence without limiting the design process. The second topic we discussed was around agile ways of organizing, which was the second theme we saw emerging from the articles. The participants in the session exchanged their views on ‘agility’ and some of their experiences about what it means to incorporate this as a design principle in our projects.

November newsletter

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

This month’s newsletter topics include:

  • How IT can drive agile development
  • Starting with a Pause – introducing the findings of The HOW Report which makes the case for self-governance
  • OD vs OD – compares organisation design and organisational development
  • Naomi Stanford poses ten fundamental questions for reflection on organisation design theory and practice
  • Organisation Design Classics

Our session highlighted relevant past, current and future methods in Design, the complimentary distinction between Organization Design and Development, the movement to Agile and away from Hierarchy, the $3 Trillion annual waste in the US economy because of non-value added management, looking at Your Organization as a Platform, as well as a 2016 analysis of data from 16,000 employees in 17 countries which characterized 30% of organizations as driven by blind obedience, 62% of organizations as driven by Informed Acquiescence, and 8% by Self Governing.