Organization Design, Levels of Work & Human Capability: Executive Guide

The GO Society's Book - Chapters on RO implementation around the world

Global Organization Design Society (July 16, 2007)

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Ken Shepard
Founding President
Global Organization Design Society
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Jerry L. Gray
Dean Emeritus and Senior Scholar
I.H. Asper School of Business - The University of Manitoba
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T. Owen Jacobs
Principal and Co-Founder
Executive Development Associates
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James G. (Jerry) Hunt
Deceased - Formerly Professor
Texas Tech University

by Ken Shepard (Editor), Jerry L. Gray (Editor), & James G. (Jerry) Hunt (Editor) with 40 authors from around the world.

Incredibly, the first book in the GO Society Reading Series In Organization Design, has been adopted into the management curriculum of corporate universities within a month of the July 2007 launch!

The Executive Guide - authored/co-authored and edited by over 40 respected CEOs, consultants, academics, and management educators from 7 countries - was specially prepared for CEOs, C-Level Management and General Managers, and has already drawn many powerful endorsements, reviews and testimonials.


Contents of the Book

By structuring the flow of this book across seven subject areas, we endeavored to create a logical sequence for those interested in reading from cover to cover. For others, each article is designed to stand alone so that those with more targeted interests may follow them according to their own priorities.

Part One:    
Perspectives on the Levels of Work Approach to Organizational Design

  1. The Long View of Leadership
  2. Summary of "Social Power and the CEO" by Elliott Jaques
  3. An Executive's Guide to RO-based Organizational Design
  4. Musing about the Elephant in the Parlor or "Who the Hell is Elliott Jaques?"

Part Two:    
Enhanced CEO Performance

  1. How Did Denis Turcotte Become Canada's CEO of the Year?
  2. Story of a New CEO's RO Application at Canadian Tire Acceptance Ltd
  3. The New DNA of Corporate Governance
  4. A Method for Training CEOs of Small, Growing Entrepreneurial Organizations
  5. Profit by Raising a Key Function to the Next Level: Tools to Build a Work Levels Shifting Strategy
  6. On Being Heard: Insights from Complexity theory and Values as Touchstones for Effective Executive Communication Across the Levels

Part Three:    
Major Applications of the Levels of Work Approach

  1. Report of a Major Requisite Organization Project at Commonwealth Industries
  2. Designing the Novus Management System: Aligning Requisite Systems Across 24 Countries
  3. The Inglis Story: How It Became the Number One Appliance Company in Canada
  4. Contributions of Stratified Systems Theory to Military Leader Development and Organization Redesign in the US Army
  5. Redesigning a Global Organization to Deal with Increasing Complexity: The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  6. Requisite Organization Goes to Church

Part Four:    
Partial Applications of the Levels of Work Approach

  1. Structure is Not Enough: Systems are the Drivers of Organizational Behavior and Culture
  2. A Gift for Managers
  3. Teams Can't Be Better Structured Than Your Organization: How Roche Canada Created High Performing Cross-Functional Product Launch Teams
  4. Effective Management of Specialists in Cross-Functional Teams
  5. Achieving the Information Technology Promise Using Work Levels as the Framework
  6. CIO: Chief information Officer or Career Is Over?
  7. Case Studies in Organizational Design as a Major Determinant of Employee Health and Well-Being

Part Five:    
Fitting the Right Person to the Right Role at the Right Time

  1. From Potential to Performance
  2. Individual Capability and Our Working Journey
  3. Implementing a Web-based Requisite Talent Management System

Part Six:    
The Dynamics of Implementing the Levels of Work Approach

  1. Assessing Requisite Readiness
  2. How Solid is Requisite Organization?
  3. Organizational Engineering and the CEO

Part Seven:    
Development and Diffusion of Levels of Work Concepts

  1. Wilfred Brown and Elliott Jaques: An Appreciation of a Remarkable Partnership
  2. Requisite Organization: Theory and Validation
  3. Epilogue: Building a Better Future Together

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Major organizations and consulting firms that provide Requisite Organization-based services

A global association of academics, managers, and consultants that focuses on spreading RO implementation practices and encouraging their use
Dr. Gerry Kraines, the firms principal, combines Harry Levinson's leadership frameworks with Elliott Jaques's Requisite Organization. He worked closely with Jaques over many years, has trained more managers in these methods than anyone else in the field, and has developed a comprehensive RO-based software for client firms.
Ron Capelle is unique in his multiple professional certifications, his implementation of RO concepts through well designed organization development methods, and his research documenting the effectiveness of his firm's interventions
Former RO-experienced CEO, Ron Harding, provides coaching to CEOs of start-ups and small and medium-size companies that are exploring their own use of RO concepts.  His role is limited, temporary and coordinated with the RO-based consultant working with the organization
Founded by Gillian Stamp, one of Jaques's colleagues at Brunel, the firm modified Jaques;s work-levels, developed the Career Path Appreciation method, and has grown to several hundred certified assessors in aligned consulting firms world-wide recently expanding to include organization design
Requisite Organization International Institute distributes Elliott Jaques's books, papers, and videos and provides RO-based training to client organizations