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A Way Out for School Organization Based on the Star Model

Xiaolong Feng


This paper attempts to redesign the organization of a school based on Jay Galbraith’s Star Model framework. The analysis on challenges that may pose threat to the school’s development in future reveals the imperative of the school to adopt a “FLIP” strategy to adapt to and survive in the society instead of falling into the pattern of slow death. To implement the strategy and make it effective, three capabilities are identified as the core competency so as to fulfill the objectives presented in the strategy. The redesign of the structure of the school is featured by two key new additional offices (the school committee and the organization development intervention center) which respectively function to handle multilateral relationships among internal and external members of the school and to provide 360° interventions to reduce conflicts and inspire learning in the organization. The reward system is designed to facilitate performance management and joint efforts among all staff members based on the recognition of everyone’s contribution so that people are motivated to well communicate and collaborate with each other for a better working climate of learning and growing.


Star Model; Redesign; Organization Development

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18686/mmf.v5i1.3167