Organizational Network Analysis

Powering teams to better execute business strategy

Organizational Network Analysis

Posted by Tiffany McDowell, PhD and Don Miller on August 4, 2016.

Companies today are “living organizations” that must constantly adapt to market and industry pressures in order to stay competitive. This mode of continual change means they can no longer operate effectively in formal, rigid frameworks. Most executives recognize this shift—92 percent of surveyed leaders believe that redesigning their organization is either very important or important, and many are moving away from formal, functional structures and redesigning their organizations to be dynamic and team-based. Organizational Network Analysis (ONA) is a tool that can help manage living organizations to keep them agile and responsive to changes in the business environment.

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Structure eats strategy for lunch: Insight into operating model design

Structure eats strategy for lunch: Insight into operating model design

Posted by Tiffany McDowell on February 16, 2016.

Very few in the business world have escaped the old adage “culture eats strategy for breakfast.” Anyone who has tried to transform an organization and drive different behaviors from the status quo has probably heard Peter Drucker’s classic statement. Despite passion for doing the right thing, and despite having a great group of well-intended, hardworking individuals, leaders often cannot get the collaborative behaviors needed to move their organization to new ground. But when you really want to understand why individuals and groups behave certain ways—often in ways that seem counter-intuitive to the organization’s best interest, or at odds with their own mission—you need only look at their existing operating model and the very purpose and vision it’s built to drive.

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