Charles Handy’s Shamrock Organization
In his 1989 book, The Age of Unreason, Charles Handy looked forward to a new type of organization, the Shamrock Organization.
The Age of Unreason: https://geni.us/rwY6Iz9
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The Nature of Organizations
This video is part of course module number 6.1.2
Program 6: Managing within Organizations
Course 1: The Nature of Organizations
Section 2: Organizational Models
Other videos in this section include:
🎬 Edgar Schein’s Two Organizational Cultures – https://youtu.be/9C64CXJw83E
🎬 Henry Mintzberg’s 4 plus 2 Organizational Types – https://youtu.be/JmvYcskjh3E
🎬 Charles Handy’s Gods of Management – https://youtu.be/yClxu7dzmB4
🎬 Charles Handy’s Federal Organization Model – https://youtu.be/69AYxCvT7m4
🎬 Charles Handy’s Triple-I Company – https://youtu.be/gFRXiMkIg6k
🎬 The Matrix Organization Model – https://youtu.be/hJ9wbFgmtKM
🎬 Peter Senge’s Learning Organization – https://youtu.be/k1k2h1l2VO0
🎬 Adhocracy – https://youtu.be/7QKm0Y3_Hr0
🎬 The Agile Organization – https://youtu.be/67NVUeFQMy4
🎬 Brian Robertson’s Holacracy – https://youtu.be/hz3khhOLT5E
🎬 Virtual Organizations – https://youtu.be/Hsovj2jPNPA
In the late 1980s, Handy recognized the concept of a portfolio career. This is a career with lots of components, rather than one single ‘job’. It is a reality for many professionals.
What Handy foresaw (and embraced for himself) was the emergence of this lifestyle for white collar, knowledge workers.
This trend will enable what Handy describes as a Shamrock Company.
The Shamrock Organisation
With such flexible workers, Handy saw that organizations could no longer encompass all the functions they would need. In the ‘The Age of Unreason’, Handy originally described three leaves of what he called a Shamrock Organization.
These three leaves surrounded a professional core of managers, technocrats, vital support staff, and a minimum of specialists. Together, they define the core competence of the business, and provide and manage its infrastructure.
This professional core sets a framework of strategy, operational processes, and decision-making, within which the rest of the organization works.
Everything else is provided by contracted workers:
1. outsourced services from specialist providers,
2. contracted independent professionals with highly specialized skills, and a
3. flexible, lower-paid workforce that can be brought in on short contracts and day-rates.
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