Firm Follows Form

Organisation Design Blog by Nathan Waterhouse

February 2010

February 28, 2010

Less is More at Nucor

If you heard the Nucor story, you might easily be mistaken for thinking it was a small start-up company. With operations in 49 locations, employing 12,000 people, Nucor is a steel corporation that doesn’t conform to the same standards, values or mission statements of other industrial companies.Yet, it’s the third largest profitable steel company in – Read More –

February 23, 2010

How to make change easier

I thought I’d share some emerging strategies that we’ve been seeing across the work we’ve been doing lately, that all seem to cross the boundary of behaviour change and organisational change. I’d love to hear any thoughts or if you have your own pet ‘heuristics’: Don’t rush. Change takes time, so make sure you know – Read More –

February 13, 2010

How do you make sustainability stick in your company? How about doing it from the inside out?

Wal-Mart is a well established business which is on a journey of change – supporting action around many aspects of sustainability.They have introduced a voluntary Personal Sustainability Projects program (PSPs). PSPs were created by and for associates to develop individual goals to improve their health and wellness and the health of the environment. Associates are – Read More –

February 2, 2010

Do hierarchies help or hinder innovation?

It’s long been known that innovation tends to work better in flatter structures, where permission to break the rules comes from above, and without it, people struggle to go beyond the everyday. But let’s be clear: is there a kind of innovation that can benefit from hierarchy? Where the innovative activity is aligned with what – Read More –