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FINAL Call for Expressions of Interest in Writing a Book Chapter

As you know, Bernard Mohr and Ezra Dessers are co-editing a book called

Designing Integrated Care Ecosystems: A Socio-Technical Perspective


and they are interested in relational, systemic processes of co-creating integrated care systems that work for everyone.  BOTH socio-technical and non socio-technical design stories are sought to help us understand and evolve socio-technical design theory and practice. 

Chapters are not due until December 1, 2017 but Short Abstracts are Due on July 1st–  HOWEVER If You Need More Time to write your abstract, please contact Bernard J Mohr  or Ezra Dessers 

Join this community of pioneers and help us advance the literature on multi-organisational and multi-actor networks of care (i.e. care ecosystems)!

To read all the information related to this book, please click here: Extended Call for Chapters

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Learning to Change in Italian – By Jean Neumann

We just learned that Jean Neumann’s articles and essays have been compiled in the book Apprendere per Cambiare, published on February 2017.

Congratulations, Jean, for this great work that will help guide Italian leaders, managers and change agents!

Here is an excerpt from  the article written by Francesca Falcone and Antonio Sama about Jean’s book:


This is the first book that collects a series of contributions Jean Neumann has made with her work over the years. This work conceptualises the understanding of the complexity of the organisational change as an interdisciplinary scholarly practice with professional implications for change agents. The book is also the result of applying the Tavistock Institute’s traditions to the Italian Third Sector.

In February 2017 the first Italian edition of a selection of Jean Neumann’s articles was released by Maggioli Editori[1]. The book Apprendere per Cambiare. La ricerca azione per il cambiamento e la consulenza organizzativa[2] is a translation of Jean’s work on two levels. The first, and most obvious, is the translation from English into Italian. The second is less evident and more of a cultural and professional project: the translation of ideas.

The occasion for an initial translation of three of Jean’s articles (Chapters 1, 2 and 5 in this volume) was the idea of translating concepts, theoretical frameworks and professional practice around organisational change for Italian Third Sector organisations. Based on a formal collaboration between the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (TIHR) and C.N.C.A.[3] Jean and Antonio Sama delivered two residential education events in 2009 in Rome and 2013 in Lamezia Terme. The chapters were then translated for educational purpose and circulated only among participants.

The Italian volume contains articles and book chapters that cover almost twenty years of Jean’s publications from “difficult beginnings” in 1994 to the “Lewinian rules” in 2013. Jean’s work continues the long tradition of social sciences applied to understanding and addressing societal and organisational issues. The choice of material to be translated and published follows three strategic lines that can be identified, among others, in Jean’s work. The first is the integration of disciplines (mainly system psychodynamics and organisational sciences) relevant to understanding and supporting the complexity of organisational change projects. The second, logically following on from this focusses on the skills, competencies and abilities any change agent (internal or external) uses when it comes to work with their client systems. The third looks at how change agents (for example organisational consultants) can acquire and develop such skills and competencies as part of, or the core of their professional development.

To read the complete article, please visit the Tavistock Institute website.

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Only a Ten Hour Week 

is the book written by our colleague Eli Berniker, who shared with us a summary  of it during our meeting in San Francisco.

As many of you may know, Eli is professor emeritus with Pacific Lutheran University, where he taught operations management and systems. His research has been in the field of organization design with a particular focus on the challenges of operating highly complex technical systems.

Eli has designed production systems in the US, and factories and service operations for kibbutzim in Israel. He taught Sociotechnical Systems Design at graduate programs in the US and Europe. Eli has consulted with large and small enterprises in the US, Canada, and Israel. He and his wife Frances reside in Puyallup, Washington.

To buy this book, please, go to this link:


This is a message from Eli: 


Only a Ten Hour Week: Architecture for a Sustainable Society of Plenty

The book is published after these many years of effort and expense. It is a call for organizational designers to expand their concerns and practice to include sustaining the human habitat. We are necessary contributors to the pursuit of world-wide sustainability.  

My book is optimistic and practical. I hope it provides a useful toolkit for a sustainable future. I am serious about the ten-hour week and provide data and analyses to support that estimate.

Emery and Trist called for a Social Ecology recognizing that eventually organization design must evolve to designing the societal environment of human work organizations. The impetus for recent progress has been the challenges posed by the sustainability.

The nexus between STS and worldwide sustainability is the job. Everywhere, nations are seeking to increase employment in jobs exactly when sustainability calls for reducing our ecological footprint.

The essence of the job is to be expendable. Emery noted that jobs are defined so that each individual can be held accountable for their performance, i.e. be replaced. Worker priorities must be to keep their jobs, not a sustainable habitat.

Thus, transcending the job, as the core mode of work engagement, is a necessary component of any path towards world-wide sustainability. Those Durham coal miners who asked for a “common pay chit” became, in effect, a team based cooperative. They transcended “jobs” and were remarkably productive. The book develops models for all productive organizations, however owned, to transcend jobs and sustain their members.

What is new? Productive capitalism has created a world of plenty in an era when financial capitalism requires scarcity. Plenty is sustainable; scarcity is unsustainable. Maintaining scarcity requires enormous waste and vast overhead in all of our organizations.

When we meet all of humanity’s needs in ten hours of work a week, our ecological footprint will shrink dramatically.

Sustainable productive organizations need sustainable communities. The book draws upon Theoretical Ecology to both explain the failure of our communities and propose models for viable families, food security, and sustainable communities.

Models, not designs. We all know design requires a focus on the uniqueness of each organization, community and their environments.  

The book is an exercise in Social Ecology developing architectural models for sustainable productive organizations and sustainable communities.

Social Ecology is necessarily an eclectic discipline that must integrate the organizational sciences, systems theory, economics, and ecological principles. This expands the horizon of practical organizational and community design possibilities. I present a coherent integration that represents a horizon with many more adjacent possibilities. I call it a practical utopia.  

For more information, I invite you to explore the Contents and Glossary and availability on the web site:

Please order it at the CreateSpace website.  The Kindle version is in process.

Cost:    US $ 24.95  Can$33.00

Create Space:

It is also available at Amazon website: North America, Europe, England, but I’d like to ask you to please order it through CreateSpace website.


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New book announcement!

Co-Creating Humane and Innovative Organizations: Evolutions in the Practice Of Socio-technical System Design 

is the multifaceted book edited by our colleagues Bernard Mohr  (USA) and Pierre van Amelsvoort (Netherlands, Belgium).  Thirty authors (academics, union leaders, and practitioners) describe their different lenses on STS-D (Socio-Technical System Design) to shed light on the panoply of past, present, and future thinking and practices that give life to the challenge of “co-creating humane and innovative organizations.” A number of active EUWIN participants contributed to the book.

bookThe book is sponsored by the Global STS-D Network, cofounded by the STS Roundtable (North America) and the Ulbo De Sitter Institute (in the Netherlands and Belgium).

The book is recommended by – among other persons – Edgar H. Schein: “Finally we have an excellent overview of Socio-technical theory and practice, a historically seminal concept that has not nearly received enough attention among managers and organization development practitioners” and by Bill Pasmore “The idea of building organizations that are great for people and productivity began long before Teal and Holocracy became popular….Read this book if you want to know the story behind the story of making organizations that are truly amazing.”


You can see a preview at Amazon website. However, we ask you to please order it at the CreateSpace website for the same price ($ 29.95) as this brings twice as much royalty to fund development of the Global STS-D network.


  1. Waves of Evolution In Socio-technical Systems Design (STS-D)—Bernard J. Mohr and Pierre van Amelsvoort ˑ1
  2. Creating High-Performing Organizations: The North American Open Socio-technical Systems Design Approach—Bernard J. Mohr ˑ16
  3. Open Systems Theory and the Two-Stage Model of Active Adaptation—Donald W. de Guerre ˑ34
  4. North American Design of Nonroutine Work Systems (1980s–1990s)—Douglas Austrom and Carolyn Ordowich ˑ50
  5. Human Talent Mobilization: Improving Both Quality of Working Life and Productivity by Organizational Design in the Lowlands—Pierre van Amelsvoort ˑ73
  6. Organizing Innovation and (Strategic) Decision Making—L. J. Lekkerkerk ˑ99
  7. Socio-technical Systems Design for Coordination of Virtual Teamwork—Bert Painter, Pamela A. Posey, Douglas R. Austrom, Ramkrishnan V. Tenkasi, Betty Barrett, and Betsy Merck ˑ123
  8. STS Designing for a Networked World—Carolyn Ordowich and Doug Austrom ·145
  9. The Employee’s Voice in the Design of Humane and Innovative Work(places)—Kevin Boyle, Wim Sprenger, and Ike Overdiep ˑ167
  10. Democratic Dialogue—Bjorn Gustavsen ˑ186
  11. Workplace Innovation—Frank Pot and Steven Dhondt ˑ201
  12. Purpose and Power in the Evolution of Socio-technical Systems Design—William E. Smith ˑ223
  13. Evolving Socio-technical Perspectives on Human Factors and Safety—Eric-Hans Kramer and Matthijs Moorkamp ˑ241
  14. Resilience-Centered Approaches for Training Design in an Electric Utility—Mohammed Alfayyoumi, Rocky Sease, and Pamela Ey ˑ258
  15. Enid Mumford: The ETHICS Methodology and Its Legacy—Peter Bednar and Christine Welch ˑ274
  16. Applying Enterprise Information Technology from a Socio-technical Perspective —Mark J. G. Govers and Pim Sudmeier ˑ289
  17. Lowlands Socio-technical Design Theory and Lean Production—Jac Christis and Erik Soepenberg ·303
  18. Changing the Nature of Work: Toward Total Workplace Innovation—Geert van Hootegem ˑ326
  19. The Future of STS-D—Bernard J. Mohr and Pierre van Amelsvoort ˑ344

You can see a preview at Amazon website. However, we ask you to please order it at the CreateSpace website for the same price ($ 29.95) as this brings twice as much royalty to fund development of the Global STS-D network.

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