In this groundbreaking book, organizational effectiveness expertsEdward Lawler and Christopher Worley show how organizations can be“built to change” so they can last and succeed intoday’s global economy. Instead of striving to create ahighly reliable Swiss watch that consistently produces the samebehavior, they argue organizations need to be designed in ways thatstimulate and facilitate change. Built to Change focuses onidentifying practices and designs that organizations can adopt sothat they are able to change. As Lawler and Worley point out,organizations that foster continuous change
- Are closely connected to their environments
- Reward experimentation
- Learn about new practices and technologies
- Commit to continuously improving performance
- Seek temporary competitive advantages
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.60(d)|
About the Author
Edward E. Lawler III is distinguished professor at the University of Southern California (USC) Marshall School of Business and founder and director of USC's Center for Effective Organizations. He is the author of Treat People Right! and a leading consultant to major corporations.
Christopher G. Worley is a research scientist at USC's Center for Effective Organizations and the former director of the Master of Science in Organization Development (MSOD) program at Pepperdine University. He is the author of Integrated Strategic Change.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Jerry Porras.
Chapter 1: Why Build Organizations to Change.
Chapter 2: A Dynamic View of Organizational Effectiveness.
Chapter 3: Strategizing.
Chapter 4: Structuring for Effectiveness and Change.
Chapter 5: Developing the Right Information, Measurement, andDecision-Making Processes.
Chapter 6: Acquiring the Right Talent.
Chapter 7: Managing Human Capital.
Chapter 8: Meeting the Leadership Challenge.
Chapter 9: Designing Reward Systems.
Chapter 10: Rewarding Performance and Change.
Chapter 11: Creating a Built-to-Change Organization.
About the Authors.
What People are Saying About This
"Lawler and Worley have done it. Built to Change capturesthe change challenge faced by most executives and offers practicaltools that not only dissect change but provide hope that theconstancy of change need not be feared but relished. Theyexplain how to anticipate leadership challenges and make themmanageable. This gift is why Lawler continues to reign in thisprofession as the thought leader for ideas with impact."Dave Ulrich, professor, Ross School of Business, University ofMichigan, and partner, The RBL Group
"Built to Change is a dramatic departure from the tiredapproach of looking back at successful companies and identifyingelements of excellence. Lawler and Worley have broken newground in helping companies to look forward and understand therequirements for success in a constantly changing world."David A. Nadler, chairman and CEO, Mercer Delta Consulting,LLC
"The absence of change is just another description for death inbusiness as in life. Ed Lawler and Chris Worley seize on thispoint to provide an insightful look into what makes a business notonly survive but thrive in today's global marketplace. The book isconcise, comprehensive and a must read for anyone responsible forensuring the success of a company, large or small."Patrick L. Johnson, president and CEO, Pro-Dex, Inc.
"This is an important book for organizations positioningthemselves for future success. It provides insight about the issuescompanies need to consider to ensure success"Ben R. Leedle Jr., CEO, American Healthways, Inc.
"This is classic Ed Lawler. A serious student oforganisations before many of today's chief executives were born, hehas collected more detailed data about the management practices ofmore companies over a longer period than almost any otherresearcher. His writing is research-based, relevant, long oninsight and short on extravagant claims."- Financial Times(London)
"A survival guide for organizations of the future!"
Marshall Goldsmith, executive coach and author is the authorof The Leader of the Future, Global Leadership: The NextGeneration and Coaching for Leadership.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a bold, fascinating and occasionally dangerous book, which we recommend to those who want to plan carefully and honestly for the future. Why 'carefully' and 'honestly?' Because authors Edward E. Lawler III and Christopher G. Worley are savvy enough to identify the kind of organization best suited for a business environment shaped by continuous change - and bold enough to prescribe the actions leaders must take to survive in this environment. These actions require care and honesty because they differ so fundamentally from many past business practices. For example, the idea of continually re-planning your market position sounds straightforward. However, to then eliminate all employees who have done great work, but whose skill base does not match the firm¿s new portfolio, is risky and requires great faith in your vision. As the authors repeatedly note, the future is difficult to predict, and impossible to predict completely. What¿s more, for individual managers to examine their organizations, see that they no longer fit and voluntarily step aside will require rigorous honesty and responsibility. They would need to have planned their careers and finances well enough that self-interest does not blind them. Many of this book¿s ideas have a similar nature. They seem good and right, but applying them successfully will require great discipline.