Designing Organisations for the Future


ICOA finds the interdisciplinary approach fundamental in the engagement of organisational architecture in order to create a holistic mindset/framework.

ICOA people are part of an interdisciplinary and international team which represents both researchers and practicians with backgrounds ranging from theology, to business, physics, economics and natural science. Together these people create an inspiring space for research, ideas and innovation.

ICOA Research

The research focus of ICOA is on developing insights into the mechanisms and best practices of organizational architecture. By understanding the dynamics of organizational architecture, we will be able to design better organizational structures, improve change processes, and advance the efficiency and effectiveness of organizations as well as their long-term performance.

ICOA has enabled novel insights to organizational design theory by taking a holistic approach to organization design, integrating both the micro and the macro view of organizations.

ICOA’s research interests evolve around three distinct but interconnected areas:

  • Structures (the design or layout of organizations)
  • Behavior and collaboration (of individuals and groups within and between organizations)
  • Incentives and regulation (how incentives and regulation shape the organizations in a particular setting)

By integrating these three areas, ICOA achieves an integration of a micro view, e.g. behavior, collaboration and incentives, with a macro-view, e.g. structures and regulation, into a holistic understanding of organizational architecture.

Methodology wise, we span from simulation and laboratory studies to field and case studies using both qualitative and quantitative methods, selected based on the problem addressed.

Ongoing Research Projects

Upcoming Events

News from ICOA

2016.02.06 | Research news

ICOA Seed Funding Programme

ICOA would like to support research activities on organizational design. Therefore, we now offer seed funding (15,000-30,000 DKK to be used in 2016) for new research projects within organization design. With a total seed funding budget of 150,000 DKK, we expect to provide seed funding for a number of projects of up to 30,000 DKK. The seed funding…

2016.01.14 | News type

ICOA WRITING WORKSHOP

Professor Charles Snow, Penn State will during his visit to ICOA hold a writing workshop on how to publish in top journals.