Guide to Organisation Design


Creating high-performing and adaptable enterprises

Thousands of established businesses fail every year because of the way they are organised, or re-organised. Business survival can depend not only on whether its structures and reporting lines meet the needs of the market, but also whether they can adapt in the face of a rapidly changing business environment.

Yet managers seldom talk coherently about structuring or restructuring their operations, let alone take a systematic approach to this vital issue. Too often, companies are restructured for the wrong reasons – for example, because a new CEO wants to make an impact, or to work around a new IT system.

This revised and updated Economist Guide shows how leaders should think about and implement the design of a company, using five easy-to-use guiding principles.

Organization Design



Engaging with Change

‘Naomi Stanford is a true expert on Organization Design. She has written an outstandingly practical book based on her profound experience and deep insights in organization design. It you are looking for a book providing the tools and techniques to enable you to develop confidence and competence in organization design, this is the one that you are looking for. ‘

Mark Jin, Executive Director, Human Resource Excellence Centre, Shanghai, China

Organizational Health



An integrated approach to building optimum performance

‘Naomi Stanford has produced another helpful, practical and well-researched contribution for expert practitioners, professionals and students of the field. Her books are essential reading for anyone who wants an expert but comprehensive guide to a subject.’

Matt Nixon, Global Head of Talent, Barclays

Guide to Organisation Design



Creating high-performing and adaptable enterprises

‘This is an essential book for managers thinking about changing their organization. It lays out a clear, practical route to organization design success. Reading it before rushing into things would help them avoid the mistakes associated with change management projects’

Jules Muis, former Vice-President and Controller, World Bank

Corporate Culture



Getting it right

‘A practical and clear headed guide to a fundamental part of successful strategy. It is as aware of the traps and difficulties of organisational culture as of the huge value of – somehow – getting it right’

Richard Whittington, Professor of Strategic Management, Said Business School, University of Oxford, UK

Organization Design


The Collaborative Approach

‘Naomi Stanford has produced the consummate guidebook for human resource professionals who are charged with shepherding a complex organization design project through to completion. It is full of useful tools to help manage the tricky but often overlooked ‘softer’ aspects of organization change programs, such as communication plans, expectation management and rallying important stakeholders.’

Jay R. Galbraith, Senior Research Scientist
Center for Effective Organizations
Marshall School of Business
University of Southern California