Designing Organization Design: A Human-Centred Approach

ISBN : 9780198867333

Rodrigo Magalhaes
336 Pages
153 x 234 mm
Pub date
Oct 2020
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As a topic, organization design is poorly understood. While it is featured in most management books as a chapter dedicated to organizational structures, it is unclear whether organization design is a one-off event or an ongoing process. Thus, it has traditionally been understood to be the same as an organizational configuration, with neat lines of communication and distribution of responsibilities following pre-set typologies. Yet what can be said to constitute organizational structure in this first half of the 21st century? The extraordinary growth of digital communications, the decreasing relevance of hierarchical bureaucracies, and the general demise of command-and-control have all but decimated the traditional notion of organizational structure. Organization design needs a theoretical revamping. Using a mix of design and social science theories and concepts, Rodrigo Magalhaes outlines a new human-centric interpretation of design, design principles, and design culture. He puts forward a paradigm where the organization, for purposes of its design, is considered to be a social actor in a permanent state of transformation, with significant repercussions for social and economic life. He also proposes a model of 'leaderful organization design', distinguished as practice-based, guided by values of democratic participation, and driven by design logics which places meaning-making and meaning-taking at the center of organizational life and can be adopted and adapted to suit different environments.


Introduction: Organization Design in Need of a New Paradigm
1 From the Design of Structures to the Designing of Organizations: Past Trends and Future Directions
2 A Design-Driven Epistemology for Organization Design: Design-as-Meaning and Design-as-Practice
3 The Ontological Bases: Intended, Emergent and Perceived Organizational Knowledge-Qua-Design
4 Bridging Between Organization Design as a Noun and as a Verb: Affectual Formative Contexts and Design Trace
5 Deriving Five Human-Centric Organization Design Logics
6 The Logics of Identity and the Normative Logic
7 The Service Logic and the Logic of Effectual Reasoning
8 The Logic of Interactive Structure
9 Leaderful Organization Design: Moving Organizations Closer to a Human-Centric Paradigm
Conclusion: A New (Design) Discourse for Organization Design

About the author: 

Rodrigo Magalhaes is a Professor of Management, currently affiliated to INESC-ID, Institute for Computer Systems and Engineering-Research and Development and to the Centre for Organization Design and Engineering, INOV, both in Lisbon, Portugal. He was previously co-Editor-in-Chief of Organization Design and Enterprise Engineering and has an extensive publishing record in the areas of design management, information systems management, organizational change, knowledge management, organization learning, business process management, and e-learning.

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