SETA Accreditation No. 6570

Organisational Structure and Design

Workshop dates:

Johannesburg: For future dates email
Durbanville, Cape Town:  For future dates email
Durban North: For future dates email

Course Fee: 

Single : R9,000.00 (R10,260.00 incl. VAT)
Group booking of 3 delegates or more: R8,000.00 (R9,120.00 incl. VAT) per delegate – T&Cs apply.

In-House Training sessions: available on request – send an e-mail with specifications to



The fundamental issues of organisation structure and design are examined in this 3-day interactive workshop exposing delegates to the various theories and models underlying trade-offs and choices in organisation structures. The course delineates the problems which arise in designing effective organisations and addresses the central issues of the relationship between the structures and processes of organisations.

Method of Facilitation

Critical discussion, analysis, and experiential exercises enhance delegates’ knowledge, skills and attributes. 

Who Should Attend?

Everybody in the organisation that have been tasked with or are involved in Organisational Structure and Design process.

Course Objectives

On completion of the workshop, delegates should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the practical relevance of the theoretical paradigms surrounding organisation design
2. Exhibit an awareness of the key contemporary issues in organisation design and theory
3. Describe the range of determinants affecting organisation structure and design
4. Apply knowledge of organisation design concepts to case studies of organisations
5. Analyse organisations in terms of theories, concepts, and design factors
6. Engage in research and inquiry to design problem solutions supported by analysis of contemporary practice.
7. Work independently and collaboratively to analyse organisational structure, reflect upon, and communicate the outcomes of each project stage.

The following topics will be covered in depth:

1. The evolution of organisation theory
2. Organisations as Machines: the machine metaphor
3. Organisations as Organisms: nature interventions
4. Organisations as Brains: self-organization
5. Organisations as Culture: creating social reality
6. Organisations as Political Systems: Conflict and Power
7. Organisational Transformation: logic of change
8. Organisational Domains: control
9. Organisation Design and the future


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