We link to the book Walt Brown wrote about the future of organizational structures “Death of the Org Chart, Rise of the Org Graph.” An introduction to The Organizational Cognizance Model and the Organizational Graph.
- Chapter 1a THE CASE FOR ORGANIZATIONAL COGNIZANCE
- Chapter 1b COGNIZANCE BREEDS ACCOUNTABILITY
- Chapter 1c THE ORGANIZATIONAL COGNIZANCE MODEL AND THE ORGANIZATIONAL GRAPH
- Chapter 1d COMPLEXITY TESTS HUMAN LIMITS
- Chapter 2a EXPLORING THE ORGANIZATIONAL COGNIZANCE MODEL AND ORG GRAPH
- Chapter 2b FLEXIBLE, DYNAMIC ORGANIZATIONAL GRAPHS
- Chapter 3 FACILITATION AND EXECUTION OF THE ORGANIZATIONAL COGNIZANCE MODEL
- Chapter 4a ORGANIZATIONAL COGNIZANCE RESULTS YOU CAN LEVERAGE AND MAINTAIN
- Chapter 4b SELF-ACCOUNTABILITY IS THE ONLY KIND
- Chapter 4c MAINTAINING COGNIZANCE
- Chapter Appendix
The book describes The Organizational Cognizance Model (OCM) and Brown’s life’s work. (OCM) aligns with and builds on the theories and academic advances of Druker, Weber, Mentzberg, Galbraith, Burton etc. OCM extends these models with names like bureaucratic, post bureaucratic, hierarchal, functional, matrix, command and control, informal, team, network, circles etc. It draws its relevance from real-world, first hand re-org, re-structure experience in companies with 20 to 14,000 people. It is confirmed through the laboratory of practical application advanced by companies following the approaches of Collins (People and Seats), Wickman (Functional), Robertson (Circles), and Harnish (Functional and Process) etc.
The reality is this, what works in real life is a combination of all of the above, every organizational architecture requires all of this solid thinking and theory, we just need one real-world model that brings it all together and allows the organization to be “self structuring” for the situation = the OCM and it’s 14 Point Checklist.