Background Note | HBS Case Collection | June 1991 (Revised April 1997)

Managing the Multibusiness Corporation

by David J. Collis


Lays out some ideas on how to restructure a multibusiness corporation. Identifies sixteen elements of organization design, and then applies contingency theory to argue that these elements need to be aligned with the tasks the corporation uses to create value across its multiple business. The emphasis throughout is on applying recent developments in organizational economics to the design of a corporation's structure, systems, and procedures.

Keywords: Restructuring; Organizational Design; Organizational Structure; Alignment; Corporate Strategy; Theory; Value Creation;


Collis, David J. "Managing the Multibusiness Corporation." Harvard Business School Background Note 391-286, June 1991. (Revised April 1997.)