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-xv
  2. Multiple-Contingency Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Richard M. Burton, Børge Obel
      Pages 3-36
    3. Richard M. Burton, Børge Obel
      Pages 37-86
    4. Richard M. Burton, Børge Obel
      Pages 87-117
    5. Richard M. Burton, Børge Obel
      Pages 119-141
    6. Richard M. Burton, Børge Obel
      Pages 143-184
    7. Richard M. Burton, Børge Obel
      Pages 185-214
    8. Richard M. Burton, Børge Obel
      Pages 215-257
    9. Richard M. Burton, Børge Obel
      Pages 259-318
  3. Organizational Consultant: A Decision Support System for Organizational Design

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 319-319
    2. Richard M. Burton, Børge Obel
      Pages 321-327
    3. Richard M. Burton, Børge Obel
      Pages 329-346
    4. Richard M. Burton, Børge Obel
      Pages 347-388
    5. Richard M. Burton, Børge Obel
      Pages 389-408
    6. Richard M. Burton, Børge Obel
      Pages 409-446
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 447-464

About this book

Introduction

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:

http://www.wkap.nl/prod/b/1-4020-7684-3 (hardbound)

http://www.wkap.nl/prod/b/1-4020-7685-1 (paperback)

Keywords

information processing learning linear optimization management organization organization theory 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 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4684-0023-6
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4684-0025-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4684-0023-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-2668
  • About this book