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  Complex Organization Design: Advanced Practitioner Workshop
  Led by Greg Kesler and Amy Kates - New York City, Oct 27-28, 2009

Announcing a new workshop for the experienced organization designer

  Who should attend

This workshop is open to internal staff and external consultants. We encourage participants who:


Organization design is fast becoming an essential capability for line managers, human resources and organization development professionals.

If you’ve got the basics, and now want to increase your analytic ability, expand your toolkit, and raise your confidence in tackling complex design challenges, this case-based, intensive workshop is designed for you.

What is the focus

In this two-day session we'll explore in depth:

  • How organizations need to change along with business models
  • What smart companies are doing to reduce costly infrastructure and focus on value in the current economic down draft
  • How to make the move into new markets and geographies

Throughout we’ll be sharing insights into how to design and support complex matrix organizations. And, we’ll also look at the work from a consulting perspective – how to manage the project, the client, and participation in the decision-making process.

You’ll learn from real and current cases. You’ll apply the learning to your own organization.

The highly interactive workshop design will also ensure that you contribute and learn from your fellow participants and leave with a network of new organization design colleagues.


The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • A model for organization design

  • Symptoms that your organization isn’t aligned – diagnosing the underlying problem

  • Strategic grouping : how companies are solving today’s business problems

  • 10 best practices for making a complex organization work in today’s environment

  • Consulting tools for activating the matrix

  • Have attended some prior organization design training

  • Currently lead or participate in organization design projects


The workshop will be led by Greg Kesler and Amy Kates, organization designers who consult to a wide range of global companies and organizations. In addition to guiding leaders through design decisions, they both teach organization design. They are also both editors of the journal People & Strategy.

Greg is managing partner of Competitive Human Resources Strategies, a firm specializing in executive-talent management, organization design and alternative reward systems. For more information on Greg and CHRS visit

Amy is the principal of Downey Kates Associates, a New York City based organization design firm. She is the co-author, with Jay Galbraith, of Designing Your Organization (Jossey-Bass, 2007) and Designing Dynamic Organizations (Amacom, 2002), two of the best-selling books in the field. More on Amy and DKA can be seen at

Registration and logistics

The workshop cost is $1,795. This includes: Two-day workshop, all materials, breakfasts, lunches, and breaks. All participants also receive a copy of the book, Designing Your Organization, by Amy Kates and Jay Galbraith.

Date and Location: The workshop will be held October 27 and 28, 2009 in New York City. The exact location will be determined soon.

For registration, please contact Beth Shaw at Downey Kates Associates. 212.349.3522 or
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