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

About ICOA

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.


News from ICOA

Børge Obel. Photo: AU Photo

2020.12.16 | Aarhus BSS, People

Professor Børge Obel says goodbye

A long career in the university world, both at the former Aarhus School of Business and at Aarhus University, comes to an end. After many years as a lecturer, rector and dean, Børge Obel will become emeritus professor at the end of the year.

Dorthe Døjbak Håkonsson 
Erik Reimer Larsen

2020.08.18 | Research news

Five million grant for Dorthe Døjbak Håkonsson and Erik Reimer Larsen

The grant is for the project 'Patterns of Interactions: Emergence and Consequences'


Ongoing research projects