Why are additional changes to staffing possible after the Organization Design Initiative is complete?

The Organization Design Initiative is designed to address staffing issues related to industry benchmarks, with a focus on reducing the number of layers between front line employees and executives and increasing the number of direct reports (or “spans”) for managers. For more information on spans and layers, see this explanation. This restructuring is meant to improve effectiveness throughout the University and repurpose funds from administration to further SMU’s academic mission. As other initiative committees continue to streamline processes, they may identify changes to other positions that make sense for SMU and will be implemented after the OE2C Executive Committee reviews and approves committee recommendations.