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Management model design

Management models describe how your organisation works
and how the work of management supports that.

A well-designed management model is an engine for performance. 
What makes a great management model?


Fit for strategy

Does the management model cultivate the organisational capabilities required to support the strategy? Does it facilitate setting the right priorities? Is the customer always at the center of attention?


Fit for people


Does the management model enable people to perform at their highest levels? Both as individuals and as teams?


Sound theory


Is the management model built on sound management theory? Do specific theories employed in different areas together form a coherent explanation for how and why your organisation works as designed?

Most management models hinder performance

Every organisation has a management model. Yet most are not intentionally designed. They are implicit and invisible. They typically suffer from several flaws which undermine performance. But all of that can be corrected.

Make it visible

It's very hard to challenge and improve something that’s not visible. The management model canvas introduces a common language to think about and describe management models.

Understand performance

Once made visible, understand how your management model impacts organisational performance - for better or for worse. Pretty much every aspect of performance can be tracked down to root causes in your management model. 

Design improvements

Use sound management theory to design improvements. Test those improvements in experiments and implement in small increments, one step at a time. No need for large, complicated change programs.

Three ways to start with management model design


Standard, one day workshop

Map your existing management model and understand its strengths and weaknesses. Gain insights into why your organisation performs the way it does. Develop initial hypotheses for how improve your management model for better overall performance.


Custom project

Diagnose aspects of your management model in light of a specific performance challenge. Identify root causes. Develop a plan to correct them and improve performance.


Custom project

Design your perfect management model. Make it fit your business model and specific context. Use sound management theory to develop the organisational capabilities you need for exceptional performance, both in execution and innovation.

Learn more about my thinking in management model design

I initially presented the idea of management model design at the Nordic Business Forum Speaker Contest Finals in Stockholm (August 2018). This provides a good introduction and short overview of the concept. 

This is a newer presentation from the CEO Day in Vilnius (May 2022). It provides more detail, additional and updated case examples, and has a section dedicated to collaboration. 


In a recent Thinkers50 book project on the power of organisational ecosystems, I contributed with an essay on management models. It provides a short intro to the topic of management models and then makes application to the concept of business ecosystems. 

You can read the essay here:
What if management models ate ecosystem strategies for breakfast?

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