Gartner Research

Foundations of Organization Design Part 1: Key Concepts and Relationships

Published: 16 April 2019

ID: G00706626

Analyst(s): Human Resources Research Team


This research helps HR leaders support line leaders’ organization design efforts by breaking down its key components (including structures), interdependencies with the broader operating model and approaches to measuring its value via organizational effectiveness.

Table Of Contents


The Key Elements of OD and How to Influence Each

Workflows and Role Design


Organization Structures

Broader Interdependencies When Evaluating or Updating OD

Table 1: Key OD Considerations Relating to Operating Model Components

OE’s Connection to OD and Approaches for Measuring It

Table 2: Example Metrics for Each OE Approach


Recommended by the Authors

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