In August, Brandon Curry of Work Arts moderated a conversation for the HR M&A Roundtable about the role of organization design in M&A, with organization designers Molly Maymar and Lorraine Damerau, from Kates Kesler. They shared their experiences helping clients navigate org design challenges in M&A contexts and facilitated an interactive round table discussion.
What is Organization Design
The important role org design plays in a successful M&A
Designing the integrative layer of an organization
Best practices for engaging stakeholders from real-life examples
In February, I met the team at Paddle to explore contributing to their acquisition of – and integration with – ProfitWell. It’s not common to be able to share much about the work we do in due diligence, organization design, and integration. This is an exception.
The team at Paddle (inclusive of ProfitWell) is amazing. I am very proud to work closely with the team, of the work that’s being done, and of the organization that’s developing! In their efforts to be the most helpful brand in SaaS, they filmed the journey to share their experiences as an insider’s view of a tech acquisition.
This Work Arts interview highlights my June discussion with Julian Chender, talking all things Organization Design & Development. We discuss where we’ve come from, where we are going, as well as the foundation of social science and management/business science that shape what we know as organization development.
Julian shares some backstory on the historical foundations of the recent ODReview published article, OD in Times of Disruption, he co-authored with Corrie Voss, MOD, Ed.D. With enduring social science, we continue to appreciate and apply the work of original thinkers like Kurt Lewin, Edgar Schein and Jay R. Galbraith, from the early work in the OD field. On the management/business side, we continue to evolve as organizations face new challenges, leading to the need for both scale and agility. Finally, Julian shares insights on what he is learning as a part of the Fellowship Program at Kates Kesler.
Julian Chender is an Organization Development and Design practitioner and scholar. He oversaw Leadership Development at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease during the global Ebola and Zika outbreaks and then at Veldhoen + Company helped organizations align their culture, technology and physical space to meet strategic goals. He is now a Fellow at Kates Kesler Organization Consulting, part of Accenture, where he consults on large organization design projects. Julian is Founder of the OD Salon and was the 2020 recipient of the OD Network’s Emerging Practitioner Award.
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