A Framework for Effective Organizations

High Performing OrganizationOrganization effectiveness is the extent to which an organization is achieving its mission and goals, as seen from the perspective of its stakeholders. In today's complex organizations, many factors influence effectiveness. Processes, structure, and capabilities need to be aligned with the organization's mission and goals, and these elements must all work together to achieve success - no single on of them can by itself ensure effectiveness.

Following is a simple model for understanding organization effectiveness. The model depicts seven elements which are key to creating an effective organization and illustrates that the various elements form a system of dynamic and interrelated parts that must function together and be leveraged and aligned in order to facilitate effectiveness. Changes to one part of the organization inevitably have an impact elsewhere, and understanding the organization as a whole requires a comprehensive grasp of the individual elements as well as of the interactions between and among them.

The model depicts the importance of leadership in the overall effectiveness of an organization by placing it at the center, or hub, of the other elements. The remaining elements, beginning with Mission, Vision and Values, followed by Goals, Strategies and Plans, are arranged to suggest a somewhat linear progression, but also to convey the inevitable ebb and flow, cause and effect, nature of the complex and dynamic systems that exist within out higher education organizations.