Strategic Organizational Diagnosis and Design

Developing Theory for Application

  • Richard M. Burton
  • Børge Obel

Part of the Information and Organization Design Series book series (INOD, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Richard M. Burton, Børge Obel
    Pages 1-40
  3. Richard M. Burton, Børge Obel
    Pages 41-82
  4. Richard M. Burton, Børge Obel
    Pages 83-110
  5. Richard M. Burton, Børge Obel
    Pages 111-144
  6. Richard M. Burton, Børge Obel
    Pages 145-164
  7. Richard M. Burton, Børge Obel
    Pages 165-210
  8. Richard M. Burton, Børge Obel
    Pages 211-240
  9. Richard M. Burton, Børge Obel
    Pages 241-279
  10. Richard M. Burton, Børge Obel
    Pages 281-345
  11. Richard M. Burton, Børge Obel
    Pages 347-355
  12. Mikael Søndergaard, Dorthe Døjbak
    Pages 399-437
  13. Richard M. Burton, Børge Obel
    Pages 439-461
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 463-480

About this book


STRATEGIC ORGANIZATIONAL DIAGNOSIS AND DESIGN, 3rd Edition, systematically surveys the substantive literature on organizational design and develops the theoretical framework of multiple contingency organizational design. The multiple contingencies in the theoretical framework cover the contingencies of size, technology, environment, and strategy, as well as leadership style and organizational climate and culture. These contingencies are mapped into design parameters such as organizational configuration, specialization, decision authority, information processing, coordination and control, and incentives.

The book examines a variety of existing organizational situations — which can include the reader's organization — and provides the structure and analysis to diagnose and assess what can be done to have a more efficient and effective organization. Burton and Obel's dynamic multiple contingency theory of organizations provides the analytical framework and tools for the OrgCon© — a knowledge-base expert system which has been thoroughly vetted with business executives.

The accompanying software, the OrgCon© with training guide and cases (CD bound into the book), provides a managerial tool kit to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of organizations. Specifically, OrgCon© offers the manager or student a "hands on" knowledge of organizational design. It guides the manager or student through cases or their own organization and enables them to analyze real world organizational problems and seek concrete organization design solutions. The book and the software tool kit are an integrated package and combine to provide the analytical framework and tools that will result in building intuitive understanding of organization design through interactive applications.

For additional information on the book and OrgCon©, see the following URLs: (hardbound) (paperback)


Top Management complexity information processing learning management organization organizations software strategy

Authors and affiliations

  • Richard M. Burton
    • 1
  • Børge Obel
    • 2
  1. 1.The Fuqua School of BusinessDuke UniversityDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Department of ManagementOdense UniversityOdenseDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-7923-8247-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4684-0021-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-2668
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