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Welcome to my personal website

If you are interested in how organizations work (and how to make them work better), you'll find resources for research, teaching and practice here (see links on the left).

As a species, we call ourselves "sapiens" (the wise), but with less arrogance and more accuracy, our label should have been “the organizer”. I believe that goal-directed collaboration (which I use synonymously with organization) is humanity’s most important accomplishment. The more we can improve our understanding and practice of organizing, the better for us as a species!

In my work, I am involved in both the basic science and applied engineering of organization design, given its broad applications in business, government and the non-profit sector.

Happy browsing!

Phanish Puranam


Broadly, I teach (in the MBA, PhD and Executive classrooms) in the areas in which I do research.

1. Future of Organizations

Knowing how to organize may be humanity’s greatest and oldest accomplishment. But what will organizations and organization designs look like in a (near) future in which remote working is part of the new normal? When designing for diversity and inclusion is essential, not just desirable? Where competing for talent in the Gen Z and Gen Alpha workforce will be fundamental for every firm’s competitive advantage? When technologies like AI, blockchain and the metaverse are widely diffused?

How will we separate the hype from what’s real when answering these questions? And how can we leverage these developments to improve how our organizations work? These are the questions that I answer in my teaching on this topic.   

2. Analytics of Organization Design

I teach how to (re-)design organizations using the latest tools and concepts. Recent advances in theory, analytical tools, and data have made possible a new approach to organization design, in which the link from individual to organizational outcomes can be made far more rigorously than in the past. The tools I cover include:

  • How to think about complex organizations by breaking them down into a few basic building blocks or “micro-structures”
  •  Using graph theory to map networks of interaction within organizations
  • The use of machine learning to answer the fundamental “people” questions in organizations: whom to hire, develop retain and place in teams?
  • Prototyping organizational changes in silico using agent based computational models
  • Using A/B testing (a.k.a. Randomized Controlled Trials) to know rather than guess which organizational designs will be effective

The theoretical foundations for this material can be found in my book "The Microstructure of Organizations" (Oxford University Press).

A video explaining what Org2.0 is all about

Syllabi & teaching materials: I am always happy to share my syllabi and teaching materials with fellow academics, please email me to ask.

My Research



A summary of my research to date appeared in a book, "The Microstructure of Organizations" (Oxford) written for academics. The first chapter of the book can be found here. A review of the book published in Administrative Science Quarterly can be found here.







Resources for Doctoral students

  • Organization Design: the micro-structural approach (PhD level)
    • PhD seminar covering latest research in organization design
    • Online course for PhD students/researchers based on my book Microstrucure of Organizations
  • Modeling Organizational Learning (PhD level)
    • PhD seminar exploring how to model organizational learning using multi-agent reinforcement learning models
    • Video Lectures available online


Phanish Puranam
Professor of Strategy
Roland Berger Professor of Strategy and Organization Design

INSEAD Asia Campus
1 Ayer Rajah Avenue
Singapore 138676

Tel: +65 6799 5497
Fax: +65 6799 5299
Email: [email protected]

Assistant: Vivian Tan

mail: [email protected]


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