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Designing agile organizations

A recent article in the Harvard Business Review discusses the experiences of large organizations implementing agile practices within their operations. The article does an excellent job outlining why agile is important, and what some of the key components are to implementing it successfully. What’s particularly interesting is that many of the examples used are of organizations that have implemented agile practices without radically changing their organization’s design. That’s important because … [Read more...]

Strengthening Process Improvement work through Optimizing Organization Design®

Many organizations that we consult with have introduced, or are in the process of introducing, process improvement approaches to the way they operate. While we don’t consult on this type of work, we’ve found that our approach to Optimizing Organization Design® provides a framework that both strengthens and protects process improvement in three valuable ways. The first value of our approach is determining the levels of positions that will be necessary for a given process. While most process … [Read more...]

Sustaining the performance improvement benefits of organization design

Part of the job of consultants is to leave an organization in better shape than they found it. This isn’t exactly a ground-breaking statement, but it’s an important jumping off point for discussing how to sustain the performance improvements of optimizing organization design. Recently, there have been a number of instances where we’ve been brought in by a client that had recently conducted a ‘restructuring’, and were now looking for a more evidence-based approach to improving organization design … [Read more...]

Celebrating 40 years of Optimizing Organization Design

As Capelle Associates celebrates our 40th anniversary, we wanted to share something we've learned over the years.  Our clients have trusted us to undertake over 100 large scale projects across multiple geographies and industry sectors. Each of these projects came as a result of a unique challenges that the organizations faced, and each resulted in a unique set of opportunities. However, there was one consistent theme across each of the projects, and that was the drive to improve … [Read more...]

Ron Capelle featured in the People + Strategy journal

We wanted to share with you a recent article Ron wrote for the People + Strategy journal. The theme of the issue was the role of alignment in transforming organizations. Ron described our five organization design alignment factors that have been shown to lead to improved financial performance, customer satisfaction and employee engagement. This approach is based on over 100 large scale projects and 24 research studies. If you, or any of your colleagues, are interested in improving … [Read more...]

Ron Capelle providing an HRPA workshop on Optimizing Organization Design

  On Thursday, September 22nd, as part of the HRPA Continuing Professional Development Meeting Series, Ron Capelle will be providing a workshop presentation titled: Optimizing Organization Design: Key Factors and Methods for Success. The workshop aims to help help HR professionals improve their department’s functions, the performance of the organization, as well as increase their personal impact by learning about proper alignment of positions, accountabilities and … [Read more...]