Organizational Architecture

Organizational Architecture is "a theory of the firm, or multiple firms, which integrates the human activities and capital resource utilization within a structure of task allocation and coordination to achieve desired outcomes and performance for both the short run and the strategic long run" (Burton and Obel, 2011a, 2011b).[1]

Elements and Misalignments of Organizational Architecture

The 5 Elements of Organizational Architecture[2]
Watkins identifies the five elements of organizational architecture:

Identifying Misalignments of Organizational Architecture
Watkins identifies three common misalignments:

  • Skills and strategy misalignments.
  • Systems and strategy misalignments.
  • Structure and systems misalignments.

See Also

Organizational Commitment
Organizational Commitment Questionnaire (OCQ)
Organization Design
Organizational Agility
Organizational Capability
Organizational Change
Organizational Change Management (OCM)
Organizational Culture
Organizational DNA
Organization Chart
Organizational Absorption
Organizational Configurations
Organizational Development
Three- Component Model Questionnaire (TCM)


  1. Definition: What is Organizational Architecture? ICOA
  2. What are the 5 Elements of Organizational Architecture? J.D. Meier