The Second Element: Organisational Structure and Systems - Case Studies

Here is a selection of recent case studies demonstrating the Second Element: Organisational Structure and Systems.  


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    Employee Engagement without a “Strategy”
  • Authors: Peter Totterdill and Rosemary Exton
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  • Type: Case Study
  • Category:Learning - Reflection - Innovation, Social Partners, Structure and Systems, Work Organisation, Workplace Partnership
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Two very different organisations, a UK construction company and a Belgian automotive supplier have succeeded in achieving high levels of employee engagement without a formal "Engagement Strategy". Each has achieved significant change through experimentation and learning, backed by sustained senior management effort without any kind of “best practice” guidelines. Both companies will take part in the forthcoming Workplace Innovation conference on leadership for an engaged workforce2, providing an effective demonstration of the power of engagement in securing a sustainable future in a period of economic uncertainty.



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The introduction of self-managing groups in Hempel Denmark resulted in greater flexibility and less waste. Further cost savings were made by greater responsibility being given to the individual employees, making the role of some middle managers superfluous.


    Lindum Case Study
  • Author: Peter Totterdill and Rosemary Exton
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  • Type: Case Study
  • Category: Learning - Reflection - Innovation, Structure and Systems, Workplace Innovation - General
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Lindum is a fascinating and inspirational example of transformation from a traditional construction company to a diverse and entrepreneurial organisation that seeks to draw on the full range of its employees’ talents and creativity. In the company’s own words, “the difference is our people”. The company consistently appears in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to work for list, often as the highest ranking construction company. Lindum is one of only 46 UK companies that are 100 per cent owned by its employees in the UK, with well motivated employees and a strong customer service ethos.



    Who Wears the Tie Today? (Finext)
  • Author: Edwin de Bree, Bianca Stokeman,Wim Heuvelman
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  • Type: Case Studies
  • Category: Structure and Systems
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At the financial service provider Finext, no-one is the leader or the entrepreneur. Everyone fulfills that role. Trust is the underlying assumption and values are the shared benchmark. How about that for the self-managing organization?

See also a video of Fokke Wijnstra (Finext) at the New Organising event on 29 October 2013.