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Organization Design

Frameworks, Principles, and Approaches

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  • Presents a broad overview of existing organization design theory
  • Draws on contemporary organizations and real-life case studies
  • Looks towards the future of organization design, exploring new ways of organizing

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This upper-level textbook provides a practical guide to the field of organization design, grounded in academic literature. It is set apart from other books on the topic by its commitment to be relevant to Master’s students, as well as practitioners looking for evidence-based guidance.


The book provides a solid theoretical background for students, defining what organization design is, exploring the history of the field, and describing established frameworks and theories. It then investigates why organizations may seek to embark on a re-design, and what a well-designed organization looks like, referencing case studies and the author’s own research. From there, it takes students through how organization design occurs, examining various models for intervention, the core steps in designing an organization, and what challenges a practitioner may face, all illustrated by stories from the field. This book includes a wide range of didactic elements for students, including learning objectives, case study examples, review questions, and further reading. It examines the impact of new ways of organizing, and draws on the author’s years of experience as a consultant to ensure that academic theory is seamlessly melded with practical application. 

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Berenschot, The Netherlands

    Jeroen van Bree

About the author

Jeroen van Bree is a managing consultant at the organization design group of Berenschot, a management consulting firm based in The Netherlands. In addition, he is a lecturer at the University of Amsterdam Business School, where he teaches in the Master's Executive Program in Management Studies. Jeroen is a board member and the former chair of the European Organisation Design Forum. He has a PhD from Nyenrode Business Universiteit, The Netherlands, an MSc in Information Management from Tilburg University, The Netherlands, and an MSc in Technology and Human Affairs from Washington University in Saint Louis, USA. His book Game Based Organization Design was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Organization Design

  • Book Subtitle: Frameworks, Principles, and Approaches

  • Authors: Jeroen van Bree

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Business and Management, Business and Management (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-78678-6Published: 04 August 2021

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-78679-3Published: 03 August 2021

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XV, 188

  • Number of Illustrations: 42 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Organization, Business Strategy/Leadership

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