Structures for Organisation Design Essential Insights

Get to grips with traditional and modern organisation structures for organisation design in order to lead, develop or support change in your context.


60-90 minutes

Online self-directed

Essential Insights


Free for CIPD members and Core Learning Subscribers.

Organisation structure is one aspect of organisation design (OD), extending far beyond an organisation chart. Developed by a credible and well-respected organisation design professional, Jaimini Lakhani, this Essential Insights course has been created to help people professionals position organisation structures within the wider discipline of OD and understand how they contribute to success.

Suitable at all career stages, the programme is aimed at those involved in change in their organisation, whether in a supporting or leading role. Covering core information relating to how organisations are structured, it helps learners understand the options available when creating or reviewing OD within their context. They will be able to embed learning and improve their professional practice by using evidence-based content to position this topic within a change programme.

Offering the very latest thinking, the course explores traditional structures as well as more modern approaches, enabling learners to engage with stakeholders whose perspectives may differ.

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CIPD Members

You already have access to the features and benefits of the Core Learning Subscription, which includes this course, as part of your membership, access it here.


The purpose of this course is to:

  • explain how organisation structure is just one element of the wider discipline of organisation design
  • explore what organisation charts tell you about the organisation and what other information is required for good design
  • describe organisation structures in a broader context, blending knowledge of traditional structures with a more modern perspective.

Is this course right for me?

This course is ideal for HR and L&D professionals, business leaders and consultants tasked with leading, planning and supporting change in their organisation. Learners will rapidly gain insight into the options they have for developing the structure of their organisation, considering traditional and contemporary approaches. No prior knowledge on this topic is necessary.

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