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Optimising Performance through Organisation Design

Thursday, 7 March 2019 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Transforning the Organisation

Whilst many HR functions have recently improved the management and development of their talent, organisation design has often received transforming - illustrationless attention. Academics including Dave Ulrich and Ed Lawler have recently suggested that HR may be placing too much emphasis on talent management at the expense ensuring talent is working in an effective organisation.

Many organisations are now starting to realise that efforts to improve the capability and engagement of their talent will have limited impact unless the organisational context provides talent with the opportunity to contribute towards business objectives and to use their potential.

We will review tools and techniques for developing appropriate and effective organisation structures, designing business processes, managing culture change and leveraging organisational knowledge, all in order to ensure that organisations give business leaders the best possible opportunity to implement their business strategies and also provide a conducive environment for employees and teams to maximise their contribution.

The workshop will also consider how each of the areas of organisation design are currently being influenced by changes in the business environment, workforce requirements and other factors and how these are likely to affect organisations in the future.


Who Should Attend?

  • VPs, Directors and managers of HR, Learning, and Organisation Design
  • HR business partners and other HR staff wanting to contribute more broadly to organisational effectiveness
  • Business leaders with responsibility for the effectiveness of their own organisations

By the end of the course you will:

Understand that there are alternatives in all areas of organisation design

Have reviewed recent changes in organisational forms

Be able to ensure that structures, processes and organisational culture are aligned with business strategies

Be able to apply organisation design tools to help your organisations prepare for the future rather than simply just meet business objectives today

Topics covered in the day

Fundamentals of Organisation Transformation

  • The importance of organisational capabilities as the basis for transformation
  • Developing clear organisational principles linked to business and people strategies
  • Developing a holistic view of an organisation
  • Understanding choice in organisation design

Reviewing Traditional and Modern Organisational Forms

  • Different types of organisation with examples and case studies
  • Advantages and disadvantages of each organisational form
  • Combining and tailoring organisation forms
  • A review of what’s possible – learning from maverick organisations
  • Why the future of work is not about hierarchies to networks

Completing the Organistion Design

  • The importance of integrating workplace design and digital technologies with the rest of the organisation
  • Supporting the organisation design with an appropriate grading structure and career development opportunities
  • Why layers and spans should not normally be the focus of organisation design
  • How each organisational element may need to change to align with the chosen organisational form

Choosing and Implementing Your OD

  • The organisation design process
  • Application to participants’ organisations
  • Dealing with challenges in organisational change
  • Balancing organisation design and organisation development

This training day will run from 10:00-16:00 with three scheduled breaks throughout the day

Trainer: Jon Ingham

Jon Ingham

Jon Ingham is an independent strategic people management and organisation development consultant. His projects often involve helping companies innovate their HR approaches responding to changes in the world of work and also to tie more closely to their own strategic needs. His work is informed by a strong belief in the potential offered from a smarter investment in people and the consequent opportunity to create new value for a business.

He has worked with companies in UK and Europe, the Middle East, South Africa, Asia and Australia. Recent clients have included a financial services firm where HR had to sign up to providing half of the firm’s planned financial growth.  Also, acting in an interim head of organisation development capacity for a leading retailer, planning for the introduction of a new digital business strategy.

Other activities include providing in-house and open training programmes. His Symposium courses have included strategic HR; digital HR, HR business partnering; people planning, measurement, analytics and reporting; HR and innovation; HR and social media; organisation design and development; process design; employee experience, change management, and specific courses on recruitment, learning, performance management and reward.

Jon has BA in Psychology, a Masters in Engineering and an MBA. He has frequently been recognised a leading influencer in HR, and he was listed as the 7th most influential UK HR Thinker in 2013.  HR Examiner includes him in its list of the top 100 global HR influencers and states “Ingham is still early in his career.  It’s not outrageous to imagine him as the next Ulrich.”

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Thursday, 7 March 2019
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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