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Design Guidelines to Address Global Challenges

Posted by Steve Waddell in Published Articles on April 10, 2012

Design Guidelines to Address Global Challenges: Lessons from Global Action Networks.  Journal of Organizational Design 1(3): 1-19 (2012)

Abstract:  Traditional organizations appear incapable of adequately addressing critical global issues such as war, climate change, and inequality. Addressing these issues suggests the need for organizational innovation to develop global social contracts. Successful innovation must address four integration imperatives: of effort and resources across organizational sectors (business, government, civil society) and sense-making, aggregations of individual-to-global, time horizons of short and long term, and of issue areas themselves. A new type of organization, Global Action Networks, aims for this integration. Based upon analysis of this new organization, five design principles for global social contract organizations are proposed.

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