Organizational design - Effective organizational structure

What is organization design?

It makes sense that many organizations are experimenting with organizational design these days. The world is more volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous than it used to be. The predictability of the past has been replaced by changes brought on by shifts in demographics, education and work expectations, among other things. Add to this war, climate and other crises that affect all sectors.

The high degree of changeability has led to the emergence of new forms of organizational design. The classic bureaucratic organizational design with its clear chains of command and classic siloed management hierarchies is increasingly being supplemented by more flexible and fluid organizational forms - organizational forms inspired by humanocracy, teal, holacracy, cells and circles.

As the term reveals, organization design is all about devising and designing the best and most appropriate way to build an organization. A well-functioning organizational design consists of an organizational structure that defines roles, responsibilities and references, and the core workflows that support desired behaviours and shared tasks. More specifically, organizational design refers to the way the organization divides work tasks between employees while ensuring that each employee, workgroup, function and division is sufficiently integrated across work and task to move towards the same overall goal.

Organization design vs. organization chart

When discussing organizational design, many people refer to the organizational chart. That is, the diagram that illustrates who reports to whom in an organization. But design and diagram are two different things. Organization design is also about the processes by which decisions are made about the org chart: Who works with whom? Who reports to whom? And who is responsible for making which decisions? The answer to these questions depends on the design of the org chart.

In the ever-changing world we live in, it's only natural that some organizational forms come into vogue, while others are considered outdated and out of touch with the times.

However, it can be dangerous to be blinded by fads and implement a new organizational form without considering the overall organizational design. As mentioned, organizational design is more than just shapes and lines on a piece of paper.

Organizational design is based on a connection between the common task you have as an organization, the structure you use to accomplish the task, and the processes that connect the people who need to accomplish the task. If you don't remember all the elements and end up focusing too much on a new, appealing organizational form - for example, an organization without leaders - you risk being left with a paralyzed organization.

How we can help you

We offer you management and organizational sparring, research-based training and presentations on organizational design, as well as training courses with a specific focus on giving you and your organization general management skills. Read examples of our services here.


Inspiring research-based presentations on organization design for all levels of your organization.


Sparring in connection with the development of your organization, your decisions and initiatives.


Facilitation of active workshops focusing on competence development at management and executive level.

LEAD's approach to organization design

At LEAD - Enter Next Level, we have extensive experience in helping organizations balance the right organizational form with the right structure, the right work processes, the necessary meeting and decision-making forums and the key benchmarks for desirable behavior.

The organizational form, organizational chart and workflows are all key parts of a successful organizational design. Every organization needs to select the organizational form(s) that best support their mission, create an organizational chart that clarifies roles and responsibilities, and establish the key processes and meeting structures that will tie the organization together and ensure that tasks get done.

If you analyze the situation your organization is in - now and in the long term - in the right way, implement the right organizational design, and succeed in the continuous development of the design, you have the prerequisites to succeed in your core mission.

Our approach to working with organizational design in LEAD is in close collaboration with your organization. We are not experts in your reality, but we have extensive experience and knowledge of organizational design, and together we can design the right solution for your organization.

The organization design consulting team

Claus Elmholdt

Professional Director | Founder | Read more here

Kristian Dahl

Business Director | Read more here

Ronja Ries Højbjerg

Senior Consultant | Read more here

Rasmus Engelbrecht

Partner | Read more here

Contact us to learn more about what we can do for your organization

Are you facing an organizational change? Do you need strategic advice or a cultural development program?

Contact us and together we will tailor a process that develops the exact competencies and structures that strengthen and future-proof your organization.

Kristian Dahl

Business Director, Founder


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