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.

ICOA researchers October 2019

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News from ICOA

Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University

2019.10.15 | Research news

ICOA participation in Conference Honoring James G. March

Erik Reimer Larsen and Dorthe Døjbak Håkonsson presented a poster of their new paper: ‘Can too many cooks spoil the broth? Boundary Conditions to Non-Hierarchical Organizing’

2019.09.17 | People

Honorary Doctorate for Linda Argote

In connection with the annual celebration on Friday 13 September, Linda Argote was named Honorary Doctor, Doctor Mercaturae Honoris Causa, for Aarhus BSS at Aarhus University.

Ongoing research projects