Designing Robust Organisation’s for Complex and Fragile Ecosystems
2017 Working Journey Org Design
Summer Symposium 13-15 November 2017.
Our Summer Symposium 2017 we offer two days of interesting and informative sessions, covering key organisational design models, best practices, plus case studies.
As the second decade of the 21st Century draws to a close we are faced with a complex, multifaceted world. Brave new waves of structuring enterprises have raised their heads accompanied by new ways of working.
CEOs are accountable for the design of their organisations and they know designs, effective or not impacts business, reputation and culture. Organisation Designers from the executive team downwards experience extreme pressure to provide quick fixes to complex challenges. For many executive leaders, they often work without clear guiding mental models and logical principles that guide towards effective structure.
We know that organisations exist within (and also create) complex ecosystems with intricate patterns. They are embedded in a disruptive, complex, fast shifting and digital world. At the same time fundamental long term shifts are underway in how we will do business in the future and we must be very careful that the future is not an extrapolation of the present. How do we create self-adaptive structure? Is such a thing possible?
Changing our structure creates shifts in those networks and sometimes those shifts produce unintended and unexpected consequences. Those consequences in turn give rise to new leadership challenges. Sometimes changes in others parts of the network produce impacts in our niche and we have to adapt to these new circumstances. Cognitive agility is a must and a resilient adaptive structure is a prerequisite.
In order to be able to respond and continually adjust, we must be able to create adaptive structures with nested leadership. Such structures are able to adapt continuously towards harmonious balance among multiple social, technical, market, and community systems, without the cost and unintended outcomes of continual restructures.
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