Designing Organizations

Designing Organizations

This course provides an extended look at the concepts and frameworks commonly used by organization design practitioners and talent management leaders. Exploring these models highlights how to facilitate a organizational redesign, including how to diagnose the system, imagine design possibilities, and construct processes for change. You will apply these concepts to business/non-profit cases to increase your ability to facilitate the work of leadership teams in solving implementation challenges posed by a variety of strategic imperatives.

Upcoming Sessions

Winter 2018

Date Time
Friday, Feb. 16 6 to 9 p.m. 
Saturday, Feb. 17 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 18 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Classes begin Jan. 8 and end March 17.
Virtual Class Sessions Monday evenings.


  1. Organizational Design Models and Their Essential Components
  2. Cultural Contexts for Design
  3. Building Blocks of Organizational Design
  4. Human Factors
  5. Talent Management Issues
  6. Employee Value Propositions
  7. Relationship between Organizational Design and Culture
  8. Measurement Processes and Strategies


  • Gain experience diagnosing and designing with consideration for an organization's strategy, politics, culture, talent and key processes
  • Develop awareness about yourself as an organization design practitioner and learn skills that will help effectively enter strategy and design conversations
  • Understand how talent management can be aligned with strategy and organization design
  • Know which metrics are used for organization design and talent, specifically related to high potential talent tracking and succession planning


Professional experience with organizational strategy; OR MSLOC 431: Leading with Strategic Thinking; OR and equivalent graduate-level strategy course

Discovery Phase: Co-Curricular

Designing Organizations is the second course in the Designing for Organizational Effectiveness Certification (DOEC) sequence. Co-curricular activities are in addition to coursework - but build off of key course insights.

Activities are mapped to phases of the MSLOC design methodology, which guides the 12-month process to design an innovative solution to an organizational effectiveness challenge as part of DOEC.

Quarter 2 Discovery phase co-curricular activities:

  • Continue learning about your case organization through both internal and external research
  • Dive deeper into the problem space that you want to explore
  • Define the strategic challenge that you will address
  • Document your learning journey on your eportfolio website
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Master's in Learning & Organizational Change

First Floor, Annenberg Hall
2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
Northwestern University

Phone: 847/491-7376