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The participative organization

The participative organization

The "search conference" and "participative design" are two tools to foster the autonomy of operational staff by involving them in developing strategy and designing the organization.

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Businesses are looking to give increasing autonomy to operational staff. The most successful among them have already abandoned the traditional organizational model that clearly separates the roles of management and employees.

A new model: the self managing organization.
Discover how a business that gives employees more autonomy functions:
– Employees are autonomous. They take operational decisions, complete tasks and monitor their own performance.
– Middle managers concentrate on the coordination of different departments, rather than merely managing their own department.
– Senior management concentrate essentially on strategic issues, and spend little time on daily issues.

Two tools to facilitate employee autonomy.
Two tools accelerate the development of an autonomous organization:
– The “Search Conference”. This approach relies on involving all employees in the elaboration of strategy. They are therefore more likely to take appropriate initiatives when implementing the strategy they have contributed to.
– “Participative Design”. This method consists in letting employees design the company's organization and processes; and then letting them pilot operations.

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