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Factsheet:

Organisation design

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This factsheet was first published in Jun 2016.

What is organisation design?

Organisation design is the process and the outcome of shaping an organisational structure, to align it with the purpose of the business and the context in which the organisation exists.

Organisation design is one of the important competencies for HR practitioners described in our Profession Map, as effective design of organisational structures requires familiarity with the external environment and the business needs, as well as an understanding of people behaviours and people processes.

Organisation design is sometimes considered together with, or as part of, organisation development. Organisation development is concerned with improving the overall organisational effectiveness over a period of time with a strong emphasis on change in an organisation’s culture and behaviours, rather than structures, systems and processes. Organisation (re)design can be used as an intervention in the organisation development process.

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