New Book From Jossey-Bass About Optimizing Organization Design

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Optimizing Organization Design offers a comprehensive resource and valued guide for anyone interested in improving organization performance. This indispensable resource is based on over 100 large scale projects and 23 research studies that have been completed by Capelle Associates over the past 25 years and includes insightful comments from executives on their success in using this approach.

In his new book, Optimizing Organization Design (Jossey-Bass; 978-1-118-76373-5; November 2013; $50.00), author Ronald Capelle offers a comprehensive resource and valued guide for anyone interested in improving organization performance. This indispensable resource is based on over 100 large scale projects and 23 research studies that have been completed by Capelle Associates over the past 25 years and includes insightful comments from executives on their success in using this approach.

Capelle’s research and client experience reveal that optimizing organization design leads to better financial performance, customer satisfaction and employee engagement. It can provide a competitive advantage and a significant return on investment. It can also become the foundation of both strategy implementation and human resources management.

Optimizing Organization Design explains that organization design includes the alignment of a number of critical factors including:

  •     Positions (vertical and functional)
  •     Accountabilities and Authorities (managerial and cross functional);
  •     People
  •     Deliverables
  •     and Tasks

Capelle shows that manager – direct report alignment is the single most important organization design variable. Yet his research also shows that this important variable is suboptimal nearly half the time. While this is a tremendous waste of talent and capability, it also provides a significant opportunity for improvement in organization performance.
Optimizing Organization Design clearly explains how to implement organization design improvements. This approach includes people change management, project management, and a cascading, iterative approach that is based on teams. It involves education, doing real work, and feedback. In addition, the book includes special sections on the role of the Board of Directors, project management, process management and compensation. The book also includes four case studies and a useful glossary.

Whether one’s an executive or a manager, in human resources or a board member, anyone concerned with improving an organization’s overall function and well-being will find Optimizing Organization Design a valuable resource.

Ronald G. Capelle has over 35-years of organization experience. He and his colleagues have developed the Optimizing Organization Design® approach. This approach is based on over 100 large scale projects and 23 research studies that they have conducted over the past 25 years. The research and client experience shows that this approach leads to better employee satisfaction, better customer satisfaction and better financial performance.

Ron has successfully completed many very complex projects, including improving the operations of an organization in over 60 countries. He has consulted with virtually all types of organizations in the private sector, non profit sector and the government sector. He has supported global clients with operations in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

As well as consulting, Ron has completed extensive research into organization design and uses the data to offer clients a customized, proven approach to strategic organization design. This includes benchmarking databases with over 59,000 manager – direct report relationships and over 13,000 employee satisfaction questionnaire responses.

With a Ph.D. from York University, Ron is also a Certified Management Consultant (CMC); a Certified Organization Development Consultant; a Registered Psychologist (CPsych); a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP); and has completed the academic requirements for the Directors Education Program (University of Toronto Rotman School of Management and ICD Corporate Governance College).

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