This course provides the knowledge of how to flexibly use design features of an organization to achieve the desired outcomes. 

We begin by reviewing the theory and practice of organization design (OD), including critically appraising current and predicted change in organization design capability. We then evaluate the use of group dynamics and organization development approaches to organization design to shape organizational climates. This leads to a conversation about Galbraith’s STAR model and the role and implementation of organization design in delivering competitive advantage. 

The course highlights organization design as a techno-structural OD methodology to focus on congruence and alignment to build high performance environments.

Learning Objectives
  • Explore the theory and practice of organization design.
  • Identify the use of group dynamics and organization development approaches to organization design to shape organizational climates.
  • Discover Galbraith’s STAR model and the role and implementation of organization design in delivering competitive advantage.
Last updated/reviewed: March 14, 2024

Included In Certifications

This course is included in the following Certification Programs:

11 CoursesOrganization Development Certification

  1. History and Evolution of Organization Development (OD) and Change
  2. Organization Development (OD) in Practice
  3. Organization Development (OD): The Diagnostic Phase
  4. Designing Organization Development (OD) Interventions
  5. Appreciative Inquiry in Practice
  6. Organization Development (OD): The Evaluation Phase
  7. Organizational Frameworks
  8. Organization Design Theory and Practice
  9. Leading Change and the Use of Self
  10. Ethical and Professional Practice
  11. Organizational Development: A Tool Kit for People-Led Change (Article)
11 Reviews (30 ratings)


Member's Profile
Another good course - this dive into Galbraith's Star Model was very helpful. It seems that it went a little fast and/or could have gone deeper or perhaps provided more robust explanations with examples. From this course, I have a list of topics that need to study further to understand the concepts better. Also, there seemed to be a lot of new information covered during the "Conclusion." I think that information about Tests of a Good Design is important, but was only just introduced at the end of this course. If there is another course that dives into these, that should be stated. If not, please consider expanding this course with that information. (I come from a strong Instructional Design background and I believe these improvements for this course would have a big, positive impact for your learners.)

Member's Profile
I liked that this course was cogent and concise, but offered a layered mix of information. I think we would benefit from a video explaining and showing an example of the Stream Analysis intervention process. I'll look one up on Youtube but that would be an added value in the course.

Anonymous Author
Appreciate the detailed explanation on Galbriath's Star Model. Among the 5 components, which ones tend to be more challenging for an established organization with a silver workforce? And why? Perhaps, this could be an interesting point to deep dive.

Anonymous Author
I found it interesting learning about the best way to manage- and how there is no 1 best way. What works for one group or task might not be the best way to manage a different group.

Anonymous Author
I continue to be looking for application of the overview of concepts. I wish the course instructor would go beyond defining the concepts to offering examples.

Anonymous Author
The course helped me better understand how important it is to have a good organizational design that will be the anchor of all organizational changes.

Member's Profile
Lots of good information. The pieces are fitting together as these courses for the certification progress.

Member's Profile
overall good content. interesting questions. enjoyed it. Im downloading the PDFs to review again

Member's Profile
Good overview of dominate theories of organization structure and design.

Member's Profile
doesn't make sense. no examples again. Add more real life examples.

Member's Profile
Would like to see more scenarios or appolications.

Course Complexity: Intermediate

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.

Education Provider Information
Company: Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
Contact: For more information regarding this course, including complaint and cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (408) 400- 3993 or send an e-mail to .
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Course Syllabus
  Introduction to Organization Design Theory and Practice3:33
OD Theory and Practice
  Theory and Practice of Organization Design11:02
  The Use of Group Dynamics6:01
  Galbraith's STAR model8:30
  Intervention - Stream Analysis11:31
  Organization Design Theory and Practice46:00
  Slides: Organization Design Theory and PracticePDF
  Organization Design Theory and Practice Glossary/IndexPDF