Organizational Design Fit

  • Richard M. Burton
  • Børge Obel
Part of the Information and Organization Design Series book series (INOD, volume 4)


The objective of strategic organizational design is to obtain total design fit: strategic fit, contingency fit, and design parameter fit. These criteria were developed in Chapter 1. Briefly, strategic fit is fit among the input factors: leadership style, climate, size, environment, technology, and strategy. Contingency fit ensures that the contingency relations -if-then statements - have been followed and are compatible with each other. These relationships have been developed in Chapters 3–8. Design parameter fit considers the compatibility of the design recommendations on configuration, formalization, centralization, and so on. Total design fit is a consideration of all three fit criteria simultaneously. To illustrate we examine the case, Charles Jones.


Organizational Complexity Leadership Style Organizational Design Virtual Network Certainty Factor 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard M. Burton
    • 1
  • Børge Obel
    • 2
  1. 1.The Fuqua School of BusinessDuke UniversityDurham
  2. 2.Department of ManagementOdense UniversityOdenseDenmark

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