The Coming Shape of Organization

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Routledge, Jan 11, 2013 - Business & Economics - 148 pages
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This book from Meredith Belbin, the UK's leading expert on teams, takes the reader on a different and fascinating journey. His insightful analysis takes us from the faults of typical hierarchies to the new world of restructured, flatter organizations where new sets of problems are emerging.

In the search for alternative systems, Belbin outlines ways in which continuous deployment and career development can result in more effective use of people's talents. He describes the world of the higher social insects where evolution has generated a common set of principles governing organizations at their most advanced. He then suggests that these integrated strengths could be combined effectively with the strategic abilities of humans.

A model in the form of the helix, is foreseen in which individuals and teams move forward on the basis of excellence rather than function. Here information technology can assist in the evolution of human organizations to enable them to become both more complex and more viable in the future.
 

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Contents

1 In search of the future
1
2 The faltering organization
8
3 The problem with Mr Big
14
4 Lessons from a diminutive masterclass
23
5 Concurrent versus sequential decisionmaking
33
6 Replacing traditional hierarchy
41
7 An alternative way of arranging work
48
8 Teams communicate with teams
56
11 Strategic leadership comes of age
77
12 The organization of public affairs
84
13 Forces making for change
96
14 The evolution of common shape
104
Epilogue
116
Exercises
119
The nine team roles
122
Further reading
123

9 Employing the highly talented
64
10 The culture and the organization
70

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