GM4: Organization Design

Michael Dearing

Part Four in our series of online classes on General Management

Creating an organization requires dividing responsibility and work among group members. In this session, let’s focus on how organization design can help teams succeed and maximize output. We will practice re-organizing a "real" company (disguised) using techniques pulled from our readings of business history! Pyramids, "plum trees," creative studios, and even factories will be our inspiration for this fun group activity.

Before class, please complete:

  1. Gordon MacKenzie's Orbiting the Giant Hairball, chapters 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, and 18. No whining, it's short and fun;
  2. "Factory vs. Studio," video on;
  3. Andy Grove's High Output Management, chapters 7 and 8;
  4. A case study called "Organization Design at Flip File, Inc." (will show up under Resources to the right once you have signed up for the class);
  5. Re-read (OK skim is fine) Daniel McCallum from GM1: Defining General Management.

This is an open, short format class offered online. It is pulled from the second half of day-two of Harrison Metal's core seminar on General Management. I've repurposed the content so that you can do it online with a group of other folks from anywhere. The prep load before class is about an hour. I hope you will join the class! We charge a small tuition ($20.00) to make sure you are committed.