Welcome to our 2015 Organization Design Bazaar


In this marketplace, you are invited to "step up to the microphone" and be heard. You can submit ideas, vote on existing ideas, or add comments. Ideas submitted on this site will be used to pre-populate our discussion bulletin board on Wednesday, April 22, day 2 of your conference in Silicon Valley. We will have 3 concurrent 90 minute sessions, so there is plenty of space for your ideas.

Do you have a topic of interest with which you want to engage your colleagues during the 2015 ODF Conference? How about sharing some really cool work? Here's a unique opportunity to solicit like-minded thinkers and differing perspectives of some of the most creative minds in our field. Just be sure to make the topics specific, clear and keep the PowerPoint slides at home!

To submit an idea, first you'll need to register if you have not already, then click the Submit New Idea button at the top right of the navigation sidebar. You will then be asked to add a title and write a description of the new idea to help others understand what you are proposing to discuss and share. You will also have the option to add tags to the idea.

To vote on an idea, simply click the up or down arrows to the right of the idea title/description. And to add a comment, click in the box below the idea.

If you would like to see all ideas created with a specific tag, you can click on the word or phrase via the tagcloud in the navigation sidebar area under "Let's put your ideas to work".

If you have a question, please submit it using the "Submit New Idea" function and start the title with "Question" and we'll make every effort to answer your question via comments. Thanks! Your Moderator.

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Distributed organization design?

How would it look if we could distribute organization design throughout the enterprise? What if each individual could redesign elements of the org in the normal course of working? What elements could/should be up for grabs? what elements are better centralized?

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What's so different about a networked organization?

What makes a network organization unique and how does it impact design work? Do the same frameworks and models of org design work? What framework or model do you use to work with your networked clients? Who are some of the thought leaders and practitioners in the space of networked organization? Many of the popular examples like Al Qaeda and Apache are distant examples. What's preventing more organizations from adopting ...more »

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Non-structure design choices

People love drawing boxes and calling that org design. Well, what about all the other design choices? I'd like to share and learn from how others influence leaders to do work on design choices other than structure and roles. Such as strategy, capability, process, decision-making, culture, leader behaviors, etc. Anyone else?

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Upside Down Pyramid Org Structure & Servant Leadership

Many organizations (especially those embracing LEAN and/or Servant Leadership) have espoused and attempted to implement "upside down pyramid" structures and processes. What does this look like in practical terms? What are the implications for us as practitioners of organization design inthe real world?

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Design ACE-it! - An innovative source for fresh ideas

As a practitioner, where do you turn when you are really ‘stumped’ by a design conundrum? … A design conundrum is when, as a designer, you have a complex situation in a human system where you are in the role of creating conditions to support and catalyze the participants to produce “their” resolution. … We are offering a proven process that we have used over the years with notable success for gaining new, innovative ...more »

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Building an Innovation Capability inside a Large Corporation

At Nationwide, we are building a new team charged with leading disruptive innovation for the Enterprise. They will be responsible for creating a portfolio of transformative innovations that have the potential to be $100 million businesses. What would the ideal organizational design be for the team to achieve their charge? Is it best to build cross-functional teams with matrix relationships or a carved out skunk works ...more »

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Actions to Build the Organization Design "Community of Interest"

How do we make vibrant and sustain ODF as a Community of Interest? Research suggest that Communities of Intereest can't really be built, but they can be designed and facilitated. Looking through the lens of four types of practitioners: Brokers, Learners, Multidisciplinary, and Scholar Practictioners - what concrete products, services and networking experiences could you imagine or be willing to contribute to - that would ...more »

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The Design Practitioners Sand Box

Have you been toying with new approaches to organization design? Have you had really cool ideas about design but no where to get feedback from other designers? In service of our development as practitioners, this session is the "land of no right or wrong approach to design", rather it is a place to experiment - no matter who you are or what your perspectives might be. A place to play with your ideas and those of other ...more »

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