My latest article on leaders as designers, published in Innovation the Journal of The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), is now available for download on this site. This article addresses three main ideas, including learning to create better organizations, leader as an organization designer, and organization system design. This article is based on the Management Design Framework that is described in much greater detail in the paper – Management System Design for Sustainable Excellence. | Download
“Organization designers can learn much from the contemporary industrial design approaches to design organizations that create experiences and sustainable value for multiple stakeholders: customers, investors, the workforce, suppliers and partners, the community and the natural environment” p. 37.
“Leaders as designers are systems thinkers who are motivated to work with systems, manage large amounts of information, and learn from the past to help inform better designs in the future” p. 38.
“Organizational systems that create the greatest value for the multiple stakeholders are closely aligned with the strategy of the organization and work seamlessly with the other systems” p. 39.
Latham, J. R. (2013). How much does your organization weigh? INNOVATION, 32(2), 4.