1. Editorial

    Editorial Vol. 7

    Børge Obel, Charles Snow, John Joseph and Metin Sengul

    Published on: 22 February 2018

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The Journal of Organization Design publishes the following Collections on topics of special interest. 

Fading Hierarchies and the Emergence of New Forms of Organization
To be edited by: Stephan Billinger, Maciej Workiewicz, Børge Obel and Charles Snow
Open for submissions​​​​​​​

Designing and Managing the Digital Organization
Edited by: Børge Obel and Charles Snow
Publishing 1 March 2017 onward
Open for submissions

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Aims and scope

The mission of the Journal of Organization Design (JOD) is to publish theoretical and empirical research on organization design. Organization design is an applied discipline based on the literature of the organization sciences. The relevant knowledge base is diverse, including concepts, theories, and research findings from fields such as economics, psychology, sociology, management, and information technology. Effective organization design requires both science and art, and the best theorists and practitioners have a deep understanding of how organizations work as well as how they can be redesigned and changed. JOD is eclectic in its interests, both in terms of topics and research methods. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, design thinking, sustainable designs, redesign and change, organizational agility and adaptation, multi-organizational collaboration, anticipating the future, strategic leadership, crisis management, and organizational performance. JOD is receptive to papers based on traditional research methods such as surveys and experiments but also encourages papers that are based on future-oriented approaches such as simulations, thought experiments, scenario development, and Delphi studies. JOD seeks to be relevant as well as rigorous. According to JOD's philosophy, rigor and relevance do not represent a trade-off. JOD wants to publish valid research that will be used by the designers and managers of organizations. The members of the editorial board share this philosophy and will favor papers that focus on significant organization design problems whose solutions can be understood and used by managers.   

Introducing...the Organization Zoo!

The Organization Zoo already has many animals, but sometimes a new or unusual one appears. This invitation-only article type analyzes "new animals" – organizations that have recently appeared – or organizations that are considered rare breeds compared to their conventional counterparts. Each Zoo article focuses on a single case, analyzing its features and behavior in the interest of understanding it. After the case is introduced, expert commentators offer their views, and a richer, more colorful picture of the organization emerges.

If you are aware of an example of a new or radically different form of organizing, we encourage you to contact Dorthe Hakonsson or Phanish Puranam who are the Associate Editors responsible for the Zoo series. They will be happy to work with you to develop your case.


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