Competing by Design: The Power of Organizational Architecture / Edition 2

Competing by Design: The Power of Organizational Architecture / Edition 2

by David Nadler
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195099176

ISBN-13: 9780195099171

Pub. Date: 07/28/1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

If the defining goal of modern-day business can be isolated to just one item, it would be the search for competitive advantage. And, as everyone in business knows, it's a lot harder than it used to be. On the one hand, competition is more intense than ever—technological innovation, consumer expectations, government deregulation, all combine to create more

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If the defining goal of modern-day business can be isolated to just one item, it would be the search for competitive advantage. And, as everyone in business knows, it's a lot harder than it used to be. On the one hand, competition is more intense than ever—technological innovation, consumer expectations, government deregulation, all combine to create more opportunities for new competitors to change the basic rules of the game. On the other hand, most of the old reliable sources of competitive advantage are drying up: the hallowed strategies employed by GM, IBM, and AT&T to maintain their seemingly unassailable positions of dominance in the 1960s and 70s are as obsolete as the calvary charge. So in this volatile, unstable environment, where can competitive advantage be found?

As David Nadler and Michael Tushman show, the last remaining source of truly sustainable competitive advantage lies in "organizational capabilities": the unique ways each organization structures its work and motivates its people to achieve clearly articulated strategic objectives. For too long, too many managers have thought about "organization" merely in terms of rearranging the boxes and lines on an organizational chart—but as Competing by Design clearly illustrates, organizational strength is found far beyond one-dimensional diagrams. Managers must, argue Nadler and Tushman, understand the concepts and learn the skills involved in designing their organization to exploit their inherent strengths. All the reengineering, restructuring, and downsizing in the world will merely destabilize a company if the change doesn't address the fundamental patterns of performance—and if the change doesn't recognize the unique core competencies of that company. In this landmark volume, the authors draw upon specific cases to illustrate the design process in practice as they provide a set of powerful, yet simple tools, for using strategic organization design to gain competitive advantage. They present a design process, explore key decisions managers face, and list the guiding principles for incorporating the design function as a continuing and integral process in organizations that are looking to the future.

In 1918, Henry Ford's Dearborn assembly plant was the model of the new assembly-line technology. Today, the assembly plant is an aging relic, but, incredibly, the organizational architecture it spawned lives on in steep hierarchies, centralized bureaucracies, and narrowly defined jobs. As companies are coming to realize they can't compete successfully in the 21st century with organizations based on 19th century ideas, Competing by Design shows clearly and persuasively why—and, most importantly how—to harness the power of organizational architecture to unleash the competitive strengths embedded in each organization.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195099171
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/28/1997
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,227,368
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1400L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

1 A Blueprint for Change How organizational architectures--the creative configuration of strategy, structure, work, people, and culture--provide managers with the tools to create true competitive advantage
3(18)
2 Mapping the Organizational Terrain, A conceptual model for understanding how organizations work and how essential it is to design the proper "fit" among all of the components
21(22)
3 The Principles of Design, The basic terms and concepts used in designing organizations
43(16)
4 The Crucial Design Issues, Focusing on the modern organization as a mechanism for processing information and exploring the ways in which design affects the flow of information and work
59(12)
5 Choosing a Basic Structure--Strategic Groups, The first set of crucial decisions that will create the framework for the rest of the organization design--selecting grouping patterns to match strategic objectives
71(18)
6 Coordinating Work--Strategic Linking Designing formal "linkages"--systems, processes, teams, and individual roles for coordinating work throughout the organization
89(28)
7 Designing at the Enterprise Level, Leveraging competitive strength through creative internal designs and external strategic alliances
117(22)
8 Designing at the Operational Level, Working from the ground up--the advantages and disadvantages of process reengineering and the design and function of High-Performance Work Systems
139(22)
9 A Process for Design, Critical steps in the strategic design process: what decisions to make and who should make them
161(20)
10 Implementing New Designs, Understanding the crucial importance of implementation; the key role of organizational culture in any design effort
181(24)
11 Knowing When to Redesign, In a turbulent competitive environment, the only thing that's certain is that no organizational design will last forever
205(20)
12 The Lessons of Design, Ten essential themes to guide managers through the design process
225(10)
Index 235

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