Requisite organization

Requisite organization is a concept in organization development (OD) developed by Elliott Jaques.

Requisite organization is a unified whole system model for effective managerial leadership. The approach is somewhat controversial since some of Jaques' conclusions about organizations run counter to the predominant views of OD.

Some key elements of Requisite Organization theory of organizations

  • Nearly all organizational dysfunction can be traced to poor structure and systems, not deficient employees.
  • OD interventions should focus upon fixing the system rather than fixing employees. Fixing the structure frees employees to work at their full potential creating increased efficiency, effectiveness, and job satisfaction.
  • Examples of fixing the system and structure include science-based methodologies for:
    • matching employee capability to job complexity,
    • appropriately spacing employees capability with that of their managers to improve leadership and communication,
    • ensuring the right number of organizational layers,
    • explicitly defining managerial authority and accountability,
    • explicitly defining managerial leadership processes,
    • explicitly defining cross functional working relationships,
    • gauging compensation to job complexity (felt fair compensation).

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