Organisation design is a fundamental part of what makes an organisation successful, and HR’s ability to influence the activities and shape the outcomes is a key element of being an effective practitioner.

This factsheet explains what organisation design is, how it compares with organisation development, and the people professions’ role in it. It looks at reasons for undertaking organisation design and how to do so effectively, including different models and approaches that can be used.

This factsheet was last updated by Jake Young: Research Associate, CIPD

Jake’s research interests cover a number of workplace topics, notably inclusion and diversity. Jake is heavily involved with CIPD’s evidence reviews, looking at a variety of topics including employee engagement, employee resilience and virtual teams.

 

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