Effective Organisational Design – Management | Academy of Knowledge

Effective Organisational Design


Organisational structures serve as the vehicle for delivering organisational purpose. The aim of this short course is to prepare managers to create organisational effectiveness through an appropriate system of authority, the design of jobs, sections and departments that enhance goal achievement and organisational success.

Short Course Outcomes

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Define the terms “organisation structure” and “organisation design”.
  • Explain how effective organisational transformation and change are accomplished through organisational development (OD) practices, including leadership excellence.
  • Describe the relationships among the four characteristics of organisational development common to all organisations.
  • Identify the threat posed by signs of organisational decline.
  • Discuss the relative advantages and disadvantages of centralisation and decentralisation of authority.
  • Compare the characteristics of mechanistic and organic designs of organisations.
  • Grasp the important role played by programme management in the effective and efficient leadership and management of modern cross-functional organisation designs.
  • Explain why virtual organisations are becoming more popular.
  • Understand the profound importance of achieving a high degree of collaboration, integration, and coordination in cross-functional processes of modern matrix organisational designs.
  • Discuss the profound importance of abolishing bureaucratic organisational designs and paradigms in favour of knowledge-based learning organisations.

All short courses are completed individually through technology-enhanced distance learning. You do not need to attend any classes. You have access to your lecture videos and other material on a weekly basis, and all your assignments are submitted online.

The 2018 fee is R 8, 400.00. Persons based outside South Africa are charged the equivalent of the fee amount in GBP (pounds sterling) at current exchange rates. Payment of fees must be effected before access to the course. In special cases, an arrangement can be made for payment in two to three instalments.

Short courses are available internationally. A new cycle of short course starts the third Monday of January and every first Monday of each month except December. Please see the top right of the current page for the next start date of this short course. Although it is best to register as soon as possible before the start date, you may still join the course up to one week following the start date. If you miss that latest intake date (i.e. one week after the start date), you will be able to join the next cycle in the following month.

You will complete weekly exercises in preparation for your final examination. The questions may involve multiple choice, a brief discussion of an important issue, or solving a short case study. Your final course mark will be based on the average of the weekly scores achieved. The pass mark is 50%. A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the course. Should you achieve a distinction (75% or higher), this will be so indicated on your certificate.

The course is open to anyone who is basically proficient in English and has internet access.