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Organization Change: i4cp Interview with Amy Kates

i4cp (Institute for Corporate Productivity) recently interviewed Amy Kates on organizational change. Download insights from Kates Kesler's experience guiding change in large complex...

Response to Ram Charan HBR Article – “It’s Time To Split HR Up”

Ram Charan’s provocative article (It’s Time to Split HR, HBR, p 34, July-Aug 2014) voices a common frustration we hear both from business executives and frankly, HR leaders themselves. Despite stated aspirations to be forward looking thought partners on matters of...

Organization Design Lessons from the Supply Chain

What do General Motors’ Mary Barra, Apples’s Tim Cook and Intel Corp’s Brian Krzanich have in common? All are high profile examples of a current trend to elevate leaders with substantial supply chain experience to the CEO’s office. Boards are beginning to realize that...

Organizational Fitness for Growth: Five Insights for CEOs

Learning from Big Companies We recently completed a study for the CEO of a very well known, global sports-apparel brand company. He wanted to challenge his team, as part of the strategic talent review process, to think about whether or not the company’s organizational...

Jay Galbraith Obituary

Jay Galbraith: 1939-2014  At Kates Kesler we are mourning the passing of Jay Galbraith on April 8, 2014, at age 75. Jay’s Star Model™ transformed organization design and his work forms the basis of the frameworks and methods that we use every day in our work at Kates...

Maximizing Agility and Leverage in the Global Organization

Very large multi-national product companies need to find creative ways to enjoy the benefits of scale while remaining agile. This is especially true in developing markets where competitors can move very quickly with few of the obstacles that big companies face....

The Challenges of Performance Management

Performance management is still a puzzle waiting to be solved in many companies. Three types of choices need to be made when designing a performance management system. We find too much attention paid to the second and third set, and not enough to the first: 1.     ...

Building Organizational Muscle

We often use the term “organizational muscle” as a way to bring the concept of “capabilities” to life. It is a useful analogy. If execution of strategy is the goal, then the organization is a means to that end. The measure of success of any design is what it allows...

Greg Kesler and Larry Bossidy Talk Org Design

Greg Kesler was recently a featured speaker at the World 50 Supply Chain executive forum, where he and Larry Bossidy spoke to members on how organization design helps to drive global supply chain strategy in companies like Coca-Cola, Nike, Royal Dutch Philips and...

The Automotive Industry Then and Now: A Case for Aligned Incentives

Even though the U.S. presidential election is over, historians will be evaluating the role that the automotive industry played in its outcome for years.   An equal share of economists’ attention will be given to how the U.S. government bailouts contributed to what...

Aligning Organization Design and Leadership Talent

Talent management and organization design are powerful allies. Most companies still treat them as two separate sets of activities. More companies should make this critical connection when looking for results in the areas of: Driving Major Change: Legacy leaders are a...

Management Process: Small Clues with Big Consequences

Recently, The Wall Street Journal reported on how Procter & Gamble’s CEO is under scrutiny by investors and the board for a stalling turnaround effort. For me, one of the most thought-provoking parts of this story was reported nearly at its end. P&G's Stumbles...

Why Organization Design is so Important Right Now

We observe a growing appetite for organization design today among smart business leaders. Here are a few thoughts and observations why. Every business we work with is trying to execute a more complex strategy than they have had to in the past. More powerful customers,...