The characteristics of a High Performance Organisation

Ever since the publication of Peters and Waterman’s landmark study In Search Of Excellence (1982) and the bestsellers Built To Last and Good to Great of Collins (1997, 2001), there has been a strong interest in identifying the characteristics of high performance organizations (HPOs). This article describes the results of a meta analysis of 91 studies into high performance organizations (performed since 1992). The analysis yielded characteristics with regard to the organizational design, structure, processes, technology, leadership, people, and culture, and the external environment which seem to influence the ability of organizations to achieve high performance. These characteristics can guide managers as to which actions they need to take to lead their organizations to superior results.

Year of publication:2007
Author:A.A. de Waal
Published in:Business Strategy Series, vol. 8, no. 3, 2007
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