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"New Content Item (6)Fit is synonymous with words such as alignment, match, integration, and coordination. Alternatively, misfits are synonymous with misalignments, mismatches, gaps, and undesired properties. In this commentary, I take a less formal approach and review all of the JOD articles to find out how the concept of fit is used in these papers. All the articles, whether or not they use the term fit, address the question of how we get the elements of an organization to work together to meet its goals; that is fit." Click to read the entire article.


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

Linking Design and Emergence: Structure, Culture, and Networks in Organizations
Guest Editors: Srikanth Paruchuri (Lead), Micki Eisenman, and Phanish Puranam
Publishing 3 July 2020 onward

New Trends in Organization Design
Guest Editors: Børge Obel (Lead), Richard M. Burton, Dorthe Døjbak Håkonsson, and Erik R. Larsen
Published 29 July 2019 through 15 May 2020

Corporate Headquarters in the 21st Century
Guest Editors: Sven Kunisch, Markus Menz, and David J. Collis
Publishing 28 February 2019 onward

Fading Hierarchies and the Emergence of New Forms of Organization
Guest Editors: Stephan Billinger, Maciej Workiewicz, Børge Obel, and Charles Snow
Published 26 September 2018 through 30 September 2019

Designing and Managing the Digital Organization
Guest Editors: Børge Obel and Charles Snow
Published 1 March through 24 August 2017

Supplementary videos

Click here to watch JOD authors and editors introduce their publications, illustrate the Organization Zoo, and debate the dark side of big data. 

Volumes 1, 2, 3, and 4

SpringerOpen is proud to publish the Journal of Organization Design from Volume 5 onward. Previously it was published by the Organizational Design Community: Volumes 1, 2, 3, and 4 are available in full. 

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Aims and scope

The Journal of Organization Design is the intellectual home of organization design thinking. Drawing on a wide variety of disciplines, organization design is an area of study which focuses on the structures, systems, processes, and outcomes of different organization design choices.

Completely open access, the journal advances understanding of topics important to academic researchers and industry professionals alike. We aim to publish novel research and commentary on known or emerging organization design concepts and phenomena; examine new technologies for the design and management of organizations; derive practical implications from existing studies; and analyze new and unusual forms of organizing.

We welcome high-quality submissions that expand on the foundations of organization design and uncover new phenomena. Uniquely, authors can choose from numerous article formats, providing customized vehicles for expression. Articles are peer-reviewed, written, and read not only by design scholars, but also by managers within organizations.

Call for Papers!

The editors invite submissions to the following collection of papers on a topic of special interest to the journal.

Special collection: "Linking Design and Emergence: Structure, Culture, and Networks in Organizations"
The informal elements of an organization (such as its culture and social networks) and its formal elements (like structure and incentives) are known to jointly shape organizational behavior and performance. However, the links between the two are less understood: How does structure shape culture and informal social networks, and vice versa? This collection aims to curate cutting-edge thinking on this issue which is relevant to both research and practice. To be Guest-Edited by: Srikanth ParuchuriPennsylvania State University, USA (Lead); Micki EisenmanHebrew University, Israel; and Phanish PuranamINSEAD, Singapore. Find more information here, and download the full Call for Papers here

100% Gold Open Access, free for authors & readers

The Journal of Organization Design is a purely Gold Open Access journal, which means that upon publication articles are instantly and permanently available online and in full, from anywhere in the world.

After publication
As an author, you hold the copyright under a CC-BY 4.0 license. Once published, your paper can be read, cited, and shared freely. To amplify the impact of your work, we invite you to publish a video; share on social media; disseminate in classrooms; and more. For more details & ideas, download this PDF.

Full sponsorship
The Journal of Organization Design has been publishing high-quality Open Access research and commentary since it was first conceived by Børge Obel and Charles Snow at the Organization Design Community (ODC). Currently the ODC covers APCs in full for all authors whose papers are accepted following rigorous review, with support from three committed institutNew Content Itemions. 

They include the Department of Management at Aarhus University, Denmark (pictured); the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, USA; and the Asia Campus of INSEAD, Singapore

COVID-19 and impact on peer review

As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times. Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines, but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.


The Journal of Organization Design is the official journal of the Organizational Design Community.

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Annual Journal Metrics

  • NEW! 2019

    74 days to first decision (peer-reviewed manuscripts only)
    56.5 days to first decision, all manuscripts
    170 days to acceptance
    25 days from acceptance to publication

    116,868 article downloads
    200 Altmetric mentions