Developing an organization design framework and sample based on the total relationship flow management theorems

Fuyong Lin, Edwin Tai Chiu Cheng, Cheng Huang, Xiaoheng Liang, Jianan Zhao

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We develop an organization design (OD) framework and sample based on sound theories in this paper. We first present a new total relationship flow management theorem (TRFMT), which, combined with the two previously published TRFMTs, provides a theoretical foundation for the OD framework. We then apply the TRFMTs to determine the factors of OD and their logical relationships, which constitute an OD framework with a focus on the design of the total relationship flow of an organization. As an example, we conduct an OD exercise following the framework with a set of preselected parameters, and produce an organization sample, called an OD sample. The OD framework and sample enable managers to develop a blueprint of their organization, facilitating their work on conducting systematic and efficient OD. The TRFMTs, and the OD framework and sample suggest the emergence of a new organization theory-the total relationship flow management theory.
Original languageEnglish
Article number6525432
Pages (from-to)1466-1476
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013


  • Network
  • Organization
  • Organization design and management
  • System
  • Total relationship flow management (TRFM)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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