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Leading Organization Design: How to Make Organization Design Decisions to Drive the Results You Want by Amy Kates, Gregory Kesler

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Introduction: Why Organization Design

A business leader can directly impact three levers of performance:

  1. The strategy—where and how the firm competes, and where it chooses not to compete

  2. The talent of the top team—the executive team that will build and direct the activities of the organization day-to-day

  3. The shape of the organization—how power and resources are allocated to influence the decisions that are made and the work that is executed

Strategic decisions are first and fundamental. No amount of talent or organizational execution will overcome poor investment decisions. Talent and organization, however, equal strategy in importance. Strategy without a clear path to execution wastes the creative energy of the company's employees (Bossidy, Charan, ...

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