Journal of Organization Design


Journal of Organization Design (JOD) seeks to advance both the theory and practice of organization design. It is self-published by the Organizational Design Community, an international community of scholars, executives, and organizations who have a collective interest in improving how organizations are designed and managed. JOD is an open access journal available online to all interested parties free of charge.

JOD will consider publishing a paper on any organization design topic as long as the author provides valid theoretical arguments, high-quality data, and/or practical implications. JOD is especially interested in papers that employ abductive logic – the logic of “what might be”. JOD wants to be the preeminent journal for knowledge that helps designers and managers create organizations that are agile, innovative, and continuously able to adapt to their environments. Papers that are based on simulations, scenario development, Delphi studies, thought experiments, and other speculative methodologies are invited and will be reviewed with appropriate evaluation criteria. Traditional research topics and methodologies are also welcome at JOD provided that arguments and findings have important design implications.

Journal of Organization Design covers all aspects of both the theory and practice of Organization Design and has published 58 articles in the first nine issues, and with more than 200,000 combined abstract, article, and video views in the first three years (index statistics excluded).

Take a look at our most read articles: The Evolution of Enterprise Organization Designs by Jay Galbraith, Design of Industrial and Supra-Firm Architectures: Growth and Sustainability by John Mathews, Open Innovation and Organization Design by Michael Tushman, and Designing the Organization for User Innovation by Peter Keinz, Christoph Hienerth, and Christopher Lettl. You are welcome to dig deeper into our online archives.

You are cordially invited to submit or recommend papers to the Journal of Organization Design. The website can be accessed here:

About Journal of Organization Design

JOD has an editorial structure composed of (a) Co-Editors Børge Obel (ICOA, Aarhus University) and Charles C. Snow (Penn State University); (b) Associate Editors Richard M. Burton (Duke University), Dorthe Døjbak Håkonsson (ICOA, Aarhus University), Samina Karim (Boston University), Peter Klaas (WTT A/S), Phanish Puranam (INSEAD), and Metin Sengul (Boston College); and (c) a distinguished Editorial Board. Manuscripts are reviewed in a double-blind review process by at least two reviewers. A short but meticulous review process is of great importance to JOD.

About Open Access

There are no article processing charges for papers published in JOD. JOD provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Furthermore, an open access article stands a greater chance to be used and cited than does one published behind the subscription barriers of a traditional academic journal. Therefore, your research impact is likely to be improved once you become an open access author.

Online Submission

Manuscripts should be submitted to the journal at Once a manuscript is accepted for publication, it will undergo copyediting, formatting, and reference validation in order to provide the highest publication quality possible. JOD is listed in all of the major indexing services.

Video Abstracts

JOD offers authors of an accepted paper the opportunity to include a short video presentation (approximately one minute in length) with their published article. This video can include the author in his or her natural setting, slides, photos, and so on, and will accompany the online article in JOD. A video enables readers to get a personal, insightful overview of the article and the reasons for writing it. For more information, please see our video gallery for actual examples.