Organizational Design

Does The Chalfont Project work with small & medium-sized companies in the area of 'design'?

Yes, The Chalfont Project offers a large number of programmes particularly suitable for small and medium-sized companies, under the umbrella Organizing Growth

How does The Chalfont Project approach 'organizational design'?

Through Organizational Innovation, The Chalfont Project delivers solutions and ‘structures’ that are unique and tailored to the client’s needs at that time. We do not deliver off-the-shelf solutions. Our expertise is in designing, developing and implementing novel structures that can lead to a successful organization.

We have proprietary methodology that can help the assessment of all possible options and their evaluation by multiple criteria. The methodology is based in part on decision analysis applications. We also lead the implementation of the new architecture and facilitate the necessary management of the change.

Is there a perfect, or best 'structure' for an organization?

If there were one, it would be easy to copy it or to have an off-the-shelf model implemented. Unfortunately structure and success do not correlate well! Each organization needs to explore possibilities for its own architecture and make its own judgments

What is 'Organizational Design' or 'organizational architecture'?

Organizational design is a broad concept that is often used to refer to the kind of structure that a given organization has or should have.

The Chalfont Project prefers to use the term ‘organizational architecture’ which for us includes the ‘structure’ (as most often represented by the organization chart), but also ‘the operating model’ (that is, processes, systems and behaviours).

What is 'Reboot Methodology'?

‘Reboot’ is a short intervention programme that allows management teams or functional teams in an organization to achieve a fast diagnosis of their strengths, assets and also barriers and blockers. ‘Reboot’ methodology bypasses weeks or even months of often futile and painful ‘organizational assessment’ or cultural assessment’.

Once the diagnosis is in place, it allows the team to quickly organize a game plan. This game plan may be highly strategic or more operational at the level of the division, group or team. The final Game Plan includes a clear list of commitments to action, timelines and outcomes. The group in question is de facto rebooting itself or rebooting the entire organization. It is very powerful.

Reboot is not a ‘training game’ but a serious approach to organizational strategy and effectiveness.

What processes need to be considered as part of the 'architecture' of the organization?

There are many but The Chalfont Project has identified a key set that we diagnose, explore, improve or simply install. We call it the ‘Project Anatomy’ (set):

  • planning
  • decision making
  • resource allocation
  • priority setting
  • accountability system
  • consolidation of data
  • reporting
  • knowledge transfer