Business Briefing in Germany

Organisation design for a complex world - a management dialogue for senior executives

Come and join us for a complimentary networking event and learn more about our latest thinking and practice in Organisation Design with Philippa Hardman and Dev Mookherjee

Business Dialogue - Organisation Design for a Complex World

Ashridge Business School is delighted to invite you to a complimentary business dialogue in Munich.

Most organisations regularly make significant changes to structures, responsibilities or connecting processes in order to improve and grow their businesses. Changes in the external environment, changes in strategy and changes in people all contribute to the need for regular adjustments to the organisation.

However, senior leaders rarely have the opportunity to share their experiences, insights, challenges and successes in organisation design with other organisations and senior executives, or to robustly discuss new thinking and practices in this field with peers.

Providing such a platform for conversations amongst senior executives, we would be pleased to welcome you to this Ashridge Business Dialogue.

During this highly interactive Business Dialogue, we will explore the following questions:

  • What are the myths surrounding organisation design work?
  • How can organisations adapt and change meaningfully to deliver strategic priorities?
  • How can we design organisations in order to deal with fast-paced markets, technological developments and to engage with the wider community?
  • How can we best model complex organisations to incorporate many different roles, geographies and functions?
  • What criteria could we apply when thinking of restructuring our company?
  • How can we build flexibility and agility into our structural set-up?

Why should you come?:

  • You are a senior executive whose work involves organisation design and who is working closely with a function, division or business unit
  • You are a business leader needing to work effectively to lead and deliver an effective organisation structure
  • You would like to assess the suitability of the current organisation structure or of a proposed new structure
  • You would like to be able to identify where your company's stucture is weak and generate ideas to make the structure more effective
  • You would like to be able to decide where processes, skill, people decisions, values, reward systems and leadership styles need to be strengthened to make your chosen organisation structure work

Organisation Design

Organisation Design



09:30 Arrivals and Refreshments
10:00 Welcome and Introductions with Dr. Klaus Eckrich - Ashridge Representative Germany
10:15 Input on Organisation Design with Philippa Hardman and Dev Mookherjee
The Context and Challenges for Organisation Design
Elements of Organisation Design
11:00 Breakout into small 'Coffee Groups'
Sharing thoughts, resonances and questions
How does this relate to your experiences?
11:30 Coffee Break
12:00 Plenary Discussion
Sharing outcomes of breakout groups
13.00 Closing Round with Philippa Hardman and Dev Mookherjee
Rethinking Organisation Design
Sharing Insights
13:30 Q&A Session
14.00 Refreshments and Networking
14.30 End

Philippa Hardman, MA (Hons)

Philippa Hardman

Philippa Hardman is a consultant at Ashridge Business School and specialises in working with organisations to help them have better quality discussions about strategy and change. In particular she works with Boards and senior management teams at that point where strategy and change intersect to stretch their strategic ambitions, analyse possible scenarios and think through challenging decisions.

Philippa’s view is that her role is not to provide expert answers, but to facilitate a robust process – providing in-the-moment specialist expertise where needed – that helps produce innovative options, provides challenge, helps stuck thinking, and resolves conflict. Her work focuses on increasing the participation of people across an organisation to ensure that any changes are not only achieved but are sustainable. Philippa works with a wide range of clients across the public and private sectors (Europe and North America). Clients include Avis, Aviva, AstraZeneca, Novo Nordisk, Pfizer, Barclays, BBC, Beiersdorf, The Cochrane Collaboration, Egmont Group, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Home Office, House of Commons, WSP Group.

Philippa has co-authored a number of articles on strategy engagement and practice as well as a chapter entitled “Strategy engagement - success through collaborative action” in What You Need To Know About Strategy (Whitehead, 2011). These can be found on her faculty page at She is currently co-authoring a book on strategy for The Economist.

Dev Mookherjee, BA, MSc, MBA, MCMI

Dev Mookherjee

Dev is a Consultant with Ashridge Business School. His aim is to help organisations and individuals in building successful strategic processes which acknowledge past successes while encouraging challenge and diversity to deliver future change.

Dev’s interests are in strategic development, innovation (particularly product and service innovation) and cultural diversity.

His experience includes strategy reviews and development, product innovation and mergers and acquisitions. He has worked in the education, retail banking and loyalty sectors in a number of markets including Japan, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Scandinavia.

Dev understands change to be about learning and developing, as an individual as well as within an organisation. He enjoys working with groups and is fascinated by the developments individuals go through and how they can learn by pushing their own personal boundaries. Dev is an experienced consultant with an interest in making things happen.

He gained his expertise in strategy development and organisational change from working for organisations from the retail banking, travel, education and loyalty sectors in a number of markets including Japan, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Scandinavia..

Event details

17 November 2014

09:30 until 14:30

Philippa Hardmann and Dev Mookherjee

Osram GmbH
Marcel-Breuer-Strasse 6
80807 Munich


The event will last for around five hours and will be interactive with opportunities for further discussion.

There is no fee to attend the event but places are limited. Please reserve your place by emailing your booking to Katja Schaller or Dr. Klaus Eckrich at: or contact us on +44 1442 84 1015

Dr. Klaus Eckrich, Dipl.Econ., PhD

Photo: Klaus Eckrich

As head of the Ashridge Servicebüro Deutschland, based in Erfstadt near Cologne, Klaus manages Ashridge’s client relations in the German-speaking countries. He works with HR decision-makers to find their best approach to executive education programmes, virtual learning facilities, organisation development and consulting services.