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Introduction to Organisation Design

Building coherent organisation design capability

Live Facilitator Lead Course – NQF Level 8 equivalent

Organisation Design is the intentional patterning of behaviour to enable an organisation to survive over time in an effective and a healthy way. One needs to think of the patterning of human behaviour, to produce organisational outcomes in response to the liberating and constraining effects of structures to shape the way organisational results are produced.

 

Organisation designers should consider the past and present patterns of the organisation and then attempt to stabilise or shift those patterns into the future. Those patterns are shaped by the relationship between the established structure and the adaptive forces of agents – the “way things are” and “forces of change and stability”.

 

This Skills Programme enables those responsible for organisation design to understand the current and desired patterns with sufficient confidence to introduce drivers or modulators that shift patterns.

The need for this module

Organisation Design is both an art and a science. The best design includes smart, practical judgements rooted in a business case, supported by facts and often developed through a series of hypotheses to be tested. Organisation Design is not simply about mapping out an organisational structure, but also about how the organisation is aligned with all other aspects, functions, processes and strategies within the business.

 

Organisation Design is widely regarded as a competitive capability. Executives need to find ways to help their organisations respond quickly to strategic shifts, and that responsiveness is highly influenced by the available Organisation Design capability. Organisation Design is a critical component of any organisation’s Organisation Development oering and should ow easily into the Organisational Development and Change processes. That means that a single school of thought should integrate Organisation Design, Organisation Development and Organisational Change.

 

At WorldsView™ Academy, we have developed our Organisation Design and Organisation Development programmes with that intention. This interactive class provides a sound methodology and useful tools for Organisation Design. Any organisation looking to build a coherent Design and Development capability should consider this programme in conjunction with other Organisation Development programmes from WorldsView™ Academy.

What will be covered?
  • A definition of Organisation Design
  • A Philosophy of Organisation Design
  • A multi-context process of Organisation Design
  • Seven primary Organisation Design models addressing critical design elements
  • A multi-context Integrated Model of Organisation Design
  • Tools and Worksheets to support the Design process.
What are the expected understanding/knowledge outcomes?

Good organisation design enables effective business decisions to be made with a high degree of consistency at the most basic level. Aligned decision making is the test of an effective structure. When looking at organisation design, the context within which the business exists must be taken into consideration.

Class Duration

3-days or 24-hours

Curriculum

Organisation Design is both an art and a science. The best design includes smart, practical judgements rooted in a business case, supported by facts and often developed through a series of hypotheses to be tested. Organisation Design is not simply about mapping out an organisational structure, but also about how the organisation is aligned with all other aspects, functions, processes and strategies within the business. Organisation Design is widely regarded as a competitive capability. Executives need to find ways to help their organisations respond quickly to strategic shifts, and that responsiveness is highly influenced by the available Organisation Design capability. Organisation Design is a critical component of any organisation’s Organisation Development oering and should ow easily into the Organisational Development and Change processes. That means that a single school of thought should integrate Organisation Design, Organisation Development and Organisational Change. At WorldsView™ Academy, we have developed our Organisation Design and Organisation Development programmes with that intention. This interactive class provides a sound methodology and useful tools for Organisation Design. Any organisation looking to build a coherent Design and Development capability should consider this programme in conjunction with other Organisation Development programmes from WorldsView™ Academy.

Syllabus
SESSION 1

To gain a deeper understanding of what organisation design is and how to go about designing a healthy and effective organisation, using models that take into cognisance issues around complexity as well as the past, present and future strategies of the organisation. Understand the key factors to be considered in design of organisations and the implications for the management and development of people and resources.

 

SESSION 2

Learn how to plan and scope the design in a detailed manner using processes based on WorldsView’s Establishment and Adaptation Landscape. Describe and explain the organisation development process.

 

SESSION 3

Discover ways to address design challenges and obstacles to organisation design based on best practices, and learn to analyse, scrutinise and critique organisation design challenges. Discuss the value of organisation development interventions to business performance and productivity.

 

Assessment

Assessment is an integral component contributing to the success of this module. Participants will be required to participate in a variety of assessment activities that include but are not limited to assignments, action learning projects, case studies and examinations.

The WorldsView™ Academy Learning Process

The WorldsView™ Academy Learning Process underlies all WorldsView™ programmes and is informed by progressive research about learning in contemporary environments. Our learning process consists of four learning channels:

  • E-Learning platform that provides both a base for becoming familiar with  the field of each programme, as well as a space for ongoing exploration;
  • A Classroom engagement where our faculty facilitate rich conversations  and learning experiences to deepen understanding of the field;
  • A Workplace Application, often in the form of a workplace project, to   root learning in the actual work experience of learners and to ensure practical relevance and embodied understanding;
  • and an Assignment/Evaluation, usually a portfolio of evidence combined with an examination, to confirm learning and conform to external examination board requirements, e.g. the Council on Higher Education, to formalise qualification.
Academic Faculty

Only highly qualified and experienced organisation development practitioners are appointed as Faculty in WorldsView Academy. Faculty members are selected in accordance with the specific module criteria as approved by the Academic Board. The requirements for the appointment of Faculty include relevant academic qualifications, experience in developing organisations and facilitation or lecturing experience.

Quality Standards in Programme Development

A quality education programme begins with the development of quality modules and courses. World-class design and development standards are deeply entrenched in every programme module, setting WorldsView Academy apart from other educational programmes. Our design and development policies, frameworks and principles guarantee robust processes in the development of learning programmes and material.

 

These include:

  • Highly qualified and experienced development Faculty.
  • A robust development process.
  • Numerous Academic Board and peer reviews.
  • Integrated Learning.
  • Core themes and philosophies that underpin all modules, ensuring learning coherence.
Who should attend?

Organisation Development and Organisation Effectiveness practitioners, Human Resources practitioners, Managers and Leaders who want to understand and apply Organisation Design to drive coherence for effective, healthy organisations.

Entry Requirements
  •  NQF level 7 or equivalent
  •  Age exemption (23 years or older)
  •  English at NQF level 6 or equivalent
In-company and Customisation Options

At WorldsView™ Academy, we understand that companies have unique organisational needs, which is why we offer customised training and development solutions to best suit your particular requirements. Please contact us for further information in this regard.