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Designing Fit-for-Purpose Organisations

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Designing Fit-for-Purpose Organisations

Theo H Veldsman

ISBN: 9781869227708

Publishing Date: May 2019

  • R429,00



It is widely recognised that the way organisations are designed to deliver has a profound effect not only on their ability to execute their strategy successfully, but also on the rapid identification and realisation of factors that will affect their overall performance and continued success, such as:

* Entrepreneurial opportunities;
* The creation of fulfilling, meaningful client and employee experiences;
* Optimal resource deployment and utilisation;
* The efficiency of its mode of working;
* The optimal focus of people energy;
* A high-level of people engagement; and
* The healthiness of its culture and dynamics.  

Organisations can indeed compete by design. 

The purpose of Designing Fit-for-Purpose Organisations is to give readers insight into Organisational Design (OD) as a key executive leadership task: the Where, Why, Whereto, When, Who, What, and How of OD. The book comprehensively covers the practice of OD as critical organisational discipline. Designing Fit-for-Purpose Organisations will empower readers with the tools to architect fit-for-purpose organisational operating models for a hyper-turbulent, hyper-fluid and hyper-connected world.

Designing Fit-for-Purpose Organisations is unique in that: 

1. It seamlessly merges the latest theory and practice of OD by giving equal weight to both theory-informed OD practice and practice-informed OD theory.

2. It presents, for the first time, a comprehensive and integrated OD approach and process made up of all three design levels: strategic, tactical and operational and dimensions: horizontal, vertical and lateral. At present the field is highly-fragmented and siloed, usually focusing on only one level or dimension.

3. The target audience for Designing Fit-for-Purpose Organisations are the organisational leaders who need to architect organisational designs that deliver effectively, as well as OD experts who must advise them accordingly. Designing Fit-for-Purpose Organisations can also be used for teaching OD at the post-graduate level.   


Theo Veldsman, a Work Psychologist, is regarded as one of the thought leaders in South Africa with regards to people management and the psychology of work. He has a proven ability to move seamlessly between theory and practice, and vice versa, having been an academic and consultant. Theo has gained extensive research and development and consulting experience over the past 35 years, including organisational (re)design.  He has conducted over 50 OD assignments across private and public organisations at the executive and senior management levels at companies such as Sanlam, De Beers, Old Mutual, Anglo American, Nampower, Sentech, Eskom, Adcock Ingram, etc., as well as trained more than 200 OD consultants, locally and overseas.


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