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Organization and Leadership in Disruptive Times -  Design and Implementation of the 3-P-Model


To be published at Springer Nature in April 2021

Editors:  Peter Wollmann, Frank Kühn, Michael Kempf, Reto Püringer


After the development of the Three-Pillar-Model (abbreviated: 3-P-Model) in the previous book 'Three Pillars of Organization and Leadership in Disruptive Times’, published end of 2018, the slightly modified and increased multi-professional author team explores now more and broader application cases for the model in the current VUCA world, also including global crisis situations such as the coronavirus pandemic.

The book will cover all sorts of organization now, that means private and public sector, NGOs, local and global governmental institutions, global organizations such as UN etc. 

For a recap:

  • The first pillar – Sustainable Purpose – gives the direction. It creates the identity, the enthusiasm and the pride to be a part of something valuable – a company or institution – that solves a relevant problem in the world. It turns out to be even more crucial in the crises and to take more than before societal contributions into account.

  • The second pillar – Travelling Organization - is the key to pace with the VUCA world, especially in situations of global crisis' where travelling is no longer only an option. All types of organization have continuously to swing with the development of markets, technologies and society, political environment, sciences, exploring the land, instead of clinging to established structures.

  • The third pillar – Connecting Resources – makes the difference to Caesar’s and Taylor’s “divide et impera”. The synapses make the difference rather than the cells: The connections across sectors and geographies between market opportunities and social demands, political frameworks and scientific recommendations, business processes and experts’ skills, formal responsibilities and flexible role concepts.

These pillars contradict many of our organizational patterns to date and need effective transformational approaches. The articles – with all their different views and approaches - underline and concretize the relevance and applicability of the three pillars and, additionally, provide with helpful success factors. How well the 3-P-Model functions is shown in three areas:

  • Application Cases: Here the authors focus on their practical experiences in applying the 3-P-model to their projects or in analyzing the outcomes by means of the three pillars. They have provided us with 12 exciting global use cases from the private and public sector, the resulting new lessons learned and a lot of diverse take-aways.

  • Management and Leadership: This part is about implementing 3P, i.e. how to prepare, facilitate and track the application in the organization, in programs or projects, with practical examples of its impact on leadership and management, collaboration and communication. This part contains 3 general use cases.

  • Design Concepts using 3P: The authors show helpful concepts that are closely interlinked with the 3-P-model. Some concepts are new, some other concepts are well-proven but unfold new meaning in their interlinkage with the 3-P-model. This part consists of 5 design use cases.​

The results are comprehensively framed, summarized and evaluated in introctory and conclusion chapters.

The Three Pillars team is also working on the third book in the series under the working title "Navigating a Travelling Organization in Disruptive Times - The 3-P-Model in Further Development and Application".

The scope of the third book will be to deep-dive into the Pillar “Travelling Organization”. This focus has resulted from the dialogue with readers and professionals sustainably showing special demand and particular interest in these globally difficult times of change, disruption and crisis, venturing into uncertain terrain, juggling with digitalization agility, hybridity and other challenges. “Travelling Organization” is still partly unexplored in detail as previous models of change management, strategy development and strategy controlling as well as the management of (hybrid) organizations have reached their limits.

Thus, the aim of the third book  is to cover the expressed demand and to focus on approaches, holistic connections of instruments, procedures and practices (including decision making) for navigating a Travelling Organization. In this context, navigation is understood comprehend-sively, which means not only but also instrument- and procedure-oriented with the strong target to give decision-makers greater certainty in decision-making, in designing effective navigation processes and practices, in impact-orientation and control. ​

Please check out the narrative of the third book here!

For regular updates about the progress, please visit the Three Pillars website!

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