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Organization Design, Levels of Work & Human Capability

Executive Guide

Ken Shepard, Jerry L. Gray, James G. (Jerry) Hunt, Sarah McArthur, E. Forrest Christian

Publisher: Global Organization Design Society, 2007 , 470 pages

ISBN: 978-0-9783859-0-3


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Emerging from an idea supported during a requisite organization clinic held by Elliott Jaques and Ken Shepard in 1999, this is the first book in the GO Society Reading Series In Organization Design.

The Executive Guide containing 32 empowering articles - authored/co-authored and edited by over 40 CEOs, consultants, academics, and management educators from 7 countries - is written specifically for CEOs, their C-Level Team and General Managers who want to create highly productive, accountable organizations within which employees thrive in roles that suit their capability.

Furthermore, if you are a Manager in a functional role who supports the efforts of your C-Level Team (CEO/CFO/COO), you will gain insights into what you (and your team) can accomplish with these challenging pieces.

The GO Society Reading Series Executive Guide will be of great interest and value to all students of Administration, Organisation Structure and Human Systems including Managers, Consultants, and Academic Researchers who seek a proven, 50+year science-based model to underpin their work.

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  • Part One: Perspectives on the Levels of Work Approach to Organizational Design
    1. The Long View of Leadership
      Alexander Ross
    2. Summary of "Social Power and the CEO" by Elliott Jaques
      Business Book Review
    3. An Executive's Guide to RO-based Organizational Design
      Maurice Dutrisac, Herb Koplowitz, and Ken Shepard
    4. Musing about the Elephant in the Parlor or "Who the Hell is Elliott Jaques?"
      Jerry B. Harvey
  • Part Two: Enhanced CEO Performance
    1. How Did Denis Turcotte Become Canada's CEO of the Year?
      Gerald A. Kraines
    2. Story of a New CEO's RO Application at Canadian Tire Acceptance Ltd
      Jos J. Wintermans as told to and written by Paul J. Tremlett
    3. The New DNA of Corporate Governance
      Mark Van Clieaf and Janet Langford Kelly
    4. A Method for Training CEOs of Small, Growing Entrepreneurial Organizations
      Atilio A. Penna, Ph.D.
    5. Profit by Raising a Key Function to the Next Level: Tools to Build a Work Levels Shifting Strategy
      Julian Fairfield
    6. On Being Heard: Insights from Complexity theory and Values as Touchstones for Effective Executive Communication Across the Levels
      Jack Fallow
  • Part Three: Major Applications of the Levels of Work Approach
    1. Report of a Major Requisite Organization Project at Commonwealth Industries
      Elliott Jaques
    2. Designing the Novus Management System: Aligning Requisite Systems Across 24 Countries
      Nancy R. Lee
    3. The Inglis Story: How It Became the Number One Appliance Company in Canada
      Maurice Dutrisac and Stephen D. Clement
    4. Contributions of Stratified Systems Theory to Military Leader Development and Organization Redesign in the US Army
      T. Owen Jacobs and Stephen D. Clement
    5. Redesigning a Global Organization to Deal with Increasing Complexity: The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
      George Weber and Dwight Mihalicz
    6. Requisite Organization Goes to Church
      John Morgan, Ph.D.
  • Part Four: Partial Applications of the Levels of Work Approach
    1. Structure is Not Enough: Systems are the Drivers of Organizational Behavior and Culture
      Catherine G. Burke, Ian Macdonald and Karl Stewart
    2. A Gift for Managers
      Sheila Deane
    3. Teams Can't Be Better Structured Than Your Organization: How Roche Canada Created High Performing Cross-Functional Product Launch Teams
      Charlotte M. Bygrave
    4. Effective Management of Specialists in Cross-Functional Teams
      Richard B. D. Brown
    5. Achieving the Information Technology Promise Using Work Levels as the Framework
      Piet L. Calitz
    6. CIO: Chief information Officer or Career Is Over?
      Paul McDowell
    7. Case Studies in Organizational Design as a Major Determinant of Employee Health and Well-Being
      George Reilly
  • Part Five: Fitting the Right Person to the Right Role at the Right Time
    1. From Potential to Performance
      Judith Hobrough and Peter Taylor
    2. Individual Capability and Our Working Journey
      Andrew Olivier
    3. Implementing a Web-based Requisite Talent Management System
      Donald V. Fowke, FCMC
  • Part Six: The Dynamics of Implementing the Levels of Work Approach
    1. Assessing Requisite Readiness
      Glenn W. Mehltretter, Jr. and Michelle Malay Carter
    2. How Solid is Requisite Organization?
      Herb Koplowitz, Ph.D.
    3. Organizational Engineering and the CEO
      Harald Solaas
  • Part Seven: Development and Diffusion of Levels of Work Concepts
    1. Wilfred Brown and Elliott Jaques: An Appreciation of a Remarkable Partnership
      Alistair Mant
    2. Requisite Organization: Theory and Validation
      Kenneth C. Craddock
    3. Epilogue: Building a Better Future Together
      The Editors


Organization Design, Levels of Work & Human Capability

by Roland Buresund last modified 2013-03-08 16:12

Rating: ********* (Outstanding)

What can I say? Every time you read something about SST, you get astounded why it is not used more widely. With that said, this is an excellent book, even if some of the authors are putting forward some strange stuff (like refering to the Bible...)

I would still recommend anyone to read one of Elliott Jaques' books, before trying their hand at this one, as they would get so much more out of it.

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