Summary of Reinventing Organizations

Looking for the book?
We have the summary! Get the key insights in just 10 minutes.

Reinventing Organizations book summary


8 Overall

7 Applicability

9 Innovation

8 Style


Organizational life can be dispiriting for employees. Many people take little satisfaction in their jobs and managerial efforts to fix corporate culture often create problems. But companies can make life more gratifying for their people by reaching for a new developmental stage based on trust and collaboration. Organizational iconoclast Frederic Laloux explains how organizations evolved over time in line with seven historic stages of human development, expressed as color-tagged “paradigms.” He outlines two modern paradigms as models for creating a supportive corporate culture and earning solid profits as well. getAbstract recommends his unusual encyclopedic manual of organizational evolution as a menu of ideas for leaders seeking a collaborative path to profit.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How organizations evolved through seven historic stages of human development,
  • What traits mark companies in the modern, emerging “Pluralistic-Green” and “Evolutionary-Teal” paradigms, and
  • How your firm can become a Teal organization.

About the Author

Frederic Laloux advises corporate leaders on achieving organizational efficiency and facilitates implementation of new organizational schemas. He formerly worked at McKinsey & Company.



Organizations in History

Through the centuries, organizations have made major contributions to humanity’s betterment, including extending life spans, eliminating deadly diseases, making education available, and developing remarkable products and services that improve life and make it more enjoyable. Now organizations dominate the way human society is structured.

Comment on this summary

  • Avatar
  • Avatar
    Christopher Bird 2 years ago
    Get past the slightly dry, academic presentation and you will find a wealth of organisational development information that will take you from beginner to the expert in your organisation.

More on this topic

By the same author

Customers who read this summary also read

More by category