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Challenge: With the impending launch of a potential blockbuster and more products in the pipeline, this mid-size biotech company needed to rapidly scale its operations: moving from a research-focused startup to a mature commercial organization, while retaining elements of speed and nimbleness in its culture that had made them successful.

A great read from Strategy+Business that illustrates how organization design determines behavior, and suggests 8 elements—both formal and informal—for effective organization design.

Good organization design grabs the company’s attention and focuses it squarely on particular issues. It emanates from an overall vision of the organization, shapes the tone or operating style, and becomes an essential tool for transforming strategy into reality. While there is not a “one-size-fits-all” method for implementing “good design,” by carefully considering the impact of such a process, a company can go a long way towards ensuring its success.

The Cost of Over-Engineering

Picture a workforce aligned around a strong, clear vision, with simple, easily understood processes to streamline their workflow and multiply their productivity. Imagine the impact that workforce could have on your market, your customers, and your bottom line.

For any change to take hold, you need energy—whether positive or negative—because energy can be channeled. To truly increase our effectiveness at leading change, we must learn to see resistance as simply another form of energy that can fuel our initiatives.

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