SustainableOrganizations  offers a process for diagnosis, design and implementation of sustainable and effective organizations.

It starts with a holistic analysis of the organization in 14 dimensions, and is developed from a theoretical model which is scientifically tested. It provides an efficient design and implementation process.

SustainableOrganizations offers general and tailor made courses in organizational design.

The course is accredited by the Organizational Design Community.


Børge Obel

Professor Børge Obel is our lead expert in Strategic Organizational Diagnosis and Design. Børge is Professor at the Interdisciplinary Center for Organizational Architecture, Aarhus University. He holds a PhD and a Dr. Oecon. from Aarhus University, Denmark.





EcoMerc, now SustainableOrganizations, was founded in 1981 by a group of professors at Odense University in Denmark. Our main activities are software development and consulting for private and public industries. Earlier activities included development of EPJ’s for private medical clinics and analytic software for financial industries.

Currently, SustainableOrganizations is focusing on strategic organizational diagnosis and design. Its main tool is the knowledge-based expert system OrgCon®. It is a Windows® compatible software.

In January 1997, EcoMerc expanded its network from its home base at SDU-Odense University, Denmark, to the United States as we included Professor Richard M. Burton as a partner. EcoMerc then merged with Managers Hotline in October 2000.

In May 2005 EcoMerc separated from Managers Hotline and is now an independent firm owned by Richard M. Burton and Børge Obel.

Their joint research has culminated in the publication of the third edition of Strategic Organizational Diagnosis and Design: The Dynamics of Fit, 2004 at Springer.

The book is an up-to-date statement on the science of organizational design. One primary feature of the book is its direct focus on design supported by the science of organization theory, which provides the basis for the OrgCon® diagnosis and design software.

In 2006 they published Organizational Design: a Step-by-Step Approach together with Gerardine DeSanctis. The 2nd edition of this book was published in 2011.

Become an organization designer

SustainableOrganizations can help you become an organisation designer to lead design and implementation of organisations that match business requirements.

During a 2 day course you will learn how to apply professional organisation design implementation method and tools to your own case.

Course Overview

The course is designed around the 5 phases that most projects go through (analyse, design, implement, assure, sustain). Throughout the course the elements of the phases will be applied to participant cases. The course integrates application with state-of-the-art theory.

An overview of organisation design theory will be covered by the renowned author of several books on organisation design Professor Børge Obel.

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