Author Andrew Olivier Shares His Expertise on Designing Organisational Structure in New Book

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“Organisational Design” covers various topics related to designing effective and felt fair organisational structures.

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In an enterprise, managers and employees work together to achieve common objectives. It is the organisation structure which binds them together and brings coordination and meaning in their work. In Organisation Design, author Andrew Olivier shares to readers some of the important keys and principles needed to have an effective organisational framework. He prepares the readers, especially managers, on the things that they need to know about designing structure. Olivier tells readers that as one attains position of seniority in the company, one will realize how competence in the design of structure makes the difference between success and failure.

This educational reference book begins with giving the readers a background on what every leader needs to know about creating their own structure. It also seeks to equip leaders with the seven key principles for creating healthy work systems through effective structure and effective work through role design and role relationships. In addition to that, the fundamental principles outlined in this book are essential for all managerial leaders and practitioners.

According to Olivier, “The concept of a requisite organisation is based primarily on the unique and integrative understanding of Dr Elliott Jaques and Lord Wilfred Brown, who were the pathfinders and originators of these complexity-based models. Jaques pioneered a unique framework of leadership and an understanding of work.”

He grounded this book in the thinking of Dr. Jaques who brought clarity of thought and a rational understanding to the very nature of what work is, how work should be structured to be felt fair, and how to create viable working relationships in an organization.

The author hopes that this book will help readers learn more about requisite organization—and that that the principles will help build healthier work places that are wiser and have a longer-term focus. Professional and accurate, this motivating read will give readers a clear understanding and guide on how to achieve success by constructing an effective Organisational Design. Case studies include Virgin, The Grameen Bank, Executive Outcomes, MTN, The Royal Automobile Association of South Australia, Ericsson India, and a merger of two South American resource companies.

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About the Author
Andrew Olivier is an independent consultant, writer and presenter and has had a privileged, dynamic and varied career spanning the military, the art world, business and more recently, the transition movement. He has had the honour to work with interesting leaders at all levels of work, in different industries, cultures and countries and has had in-depth experience of using the principles described in this book. Olivier is vitally interested in how our species deals with the challenges we have created, to this end he is involved in the transition movement, is a regular visitor to the Findhorn Eco-village in Scotland and CEO of a new venture, The Centre for Transition.

Organisational Design * by Andrew Olivier
What Your University Forgot to Teach You
Publication Date: January 16, 2013
Trade Paperback; AU$ 29.99; 256 pages; 978-1-4771-4888-4
Trade Hardback; AU$ 49.99; 256 pages; 978-1-4771-4889-1
Ebook; AU$ 3.99; 256 pages; 978-1-4771-4890-7
Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at 1-800-618-969. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (02) 8282-5055 or call 1-800-618-969.

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