Understanding the Organization Framework

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Identifying the elements that are common to all organizations that open a path for their ongoing, long term success.

By: Jerry Tarasofsky

Organizations are complex manifestations of people, products and services. Even companies in the same sector offering similar products can be run differently with diverse strategies, methods of production/operation and cultures.

Can there be a way to optimize an organization? Are there elements that are similar for every type and size of organization?

The answer is YES!

Sales and profitability are the primary measures used by the marketplace to evaluate commercial oriented organizations. In non-commercial oriented organizations measures may relate to increasing awareness and building communities, amongst many others. In any of the above the measures are the product of multiple other aspects of an organization that drive their success such as:

How well the organization satisfies customers/targeted participants,

How efficiently it operates,

How it improves its offerings and introduces new ones,

How adaptive it is to change, and

How it works with and develops its human capital.

The long term ongoing success of all organizations are the result of how well these 5 universal strategic challenges are executed.

A meta research undertaken covering the literature on the subject not only confirmed the universal applicability of these 5 strategic challenges, but in addition through a synthesis of the operational elements for each strategic challenge, three (3) essential capabilities that operationalize each of them were identified as outlined in the following organization framework:

Organization Framework

Organization Framework

The framework identifies those strategic challenges that are critical to the organizations existence in the present and for future growth. It also identifies the orientation focus of the organization’s strategic challenges. The Learning Culture being the strategic challenge that influences each of the others. These 5 are always interlinked. Innovation is essential to long term customer retention, as is operational effectiveness, organization agility and of course customer satisfaction.

Optimization of each strategic challenge is the hallmark of successful organizations.

The ongoing evaluation of each of its strategic challenges and their essential capabilities provides the fuel for their improvement/optimization assuring that they are always in their radar and stimulate improvement initiatives where and when required.


Do you agree with this approach? Do you have a better method? Do you have modifications and/or changes to suggest?

I welcome your input.

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Joseph October 5, 2011 at 9:45 pm

I agree with the approach.
Here is a variation of the same which I have found to be easier for communication which I have been using for over two decades

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