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April 5th: Designing Adaptive Ecosystems

Join Don de Guerre and Peter Aughton in this webinar that will help you better understand the ecosystem model and how to redesign your organization. 

This seminar will discuss the design of business ecosystems using OST and its methods. To begin the conversation, Peter  Aughton will present his recent work with Merrelyn Emery, and the rationale and process of setting up a healthcare ecosystem.

 

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An idea can change everything

This week I had the opportunity to participate in a “preview” of  the webinar  Applying Social-Political-Technical Design to any Purpose no Matter How Complex with Bill Smith, and I can say, I’m truly excited about it!

Bill’s ideas are really innovative, and I’m really looking forward to hear more about how every system can be understood in terms of purpose and power, and how we can design more effective interventions.  Join us on March 22nd at noon EST!

-marcela

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Webinar Announcement – March 22nd

Mark this date: March 22nd, 12.00 to 1.30 EST

Applying Social-Political-Technical Design to any Purpose no Matter How Complex

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Webinar: Design and the Expression of Human Aspirations

Join our colleagues Don de Guerre and Bernard Mohr in this free webinar/dialogue for Plexus Institute, tomorrow  Friday Jan 13 at 1 pm EST.

Design and the Expression of Human Aspirations”

 

When people who work in organizations help create the design and structures that align with organizational purpose and values, the result can be centers of creative energy that are also productive and enjoyable places to work.

Bernard Mohr, who notes design is a verb and a noun, is co-author of  a new book, Co-Creating Humane and Innovative Organizations. His colleague Donald de Guerre, who believes workplace environments impact society at large, wrote the book’s chapter  “Open System Theory and the Two-Stage Model of Adaptive Action.”  De Guerre writs that treating workers as cogs in a big impersonal machine begins a process that “over time creates a dissociated superficial society in which fewer and fewer people vote and we are vulnerable to a new kind of feudalism.”

Join this provocative conversation!

 

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Bernard Mohr  is a change strategist, design practitioner, thinking partner and author and speaker on joyful and innovative workplaces. His clients have included global R&D corporations, governments and organizations in healthcare and post secondary education. His areas of expertise include change strategy in large, complex organizations seeking to become more agile, innovative and purpose driven through greater engagement of their people’s strengths. His work draws on socio-technical systems principles, design thinking, appreciative inquiry and large group processes. He is the author of five books and numerous articles on workplace innovation, quality and effectiveness. He earned an EdM degree for the University of Toronto and a Diploma in Human Resource Management form Columbia University.
Donald de Guerre is a professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences at Concordia University  in Montreal where he teaches human systems intervention in graduate and undergraduate programs. He was previously manager of organizational effectiveness at Syncrude Canada Ltd, where he led a total organization in environments redesign process.  He has also worked internationally on development of democratic organizations in various industries and economic sectors.   He earned a PhD in human and organizational systems and a MA degree in organizational development from the Fielding Graduate Institute.
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What is the Future of Socio-Technical Systems Design?

We want to continue the great conversations we started in San Francisco; we would like to invite you for our next webinar. We are really excited to have Pierre Van Amelsvoort and Bernard Mohr co-editors of the book: “Co-Creating Humane and Innovative Organizations: Evolutions in the Practice of Socio-Technical Systems Design”.

The webinar will be held on November 8th, from 12.00 pm to 1.30 pm EST with the topic:

“Hindsight, Insight and Foresight: What is the Future of SocioTechnical Systems Design”

This webinar is free to all active members of the Global STS-D Network. To read more and sign-up for the webinar, please click here.  And to know more about the book and order it, please visit this page.

We would love to hear from you! Join us on November 8th and share with us your thoughts and reflections on the evolution of organization design and work systems.

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Webinar on November 8th: The future of STS-D

You’re cordially invited to participate in our next webinar in November 8th, from 12.00 pm to 1.30 pm EST:

“Hindsight, Insight and Foresight: What is the Future of SocioTechnical Systems Design”

 

join Pierre Van Amelsvoort and Bernard Mohr co-editors of the book: “Co-Creating Humane and Innovative Organizations: Evolutions in the Practice of Socio-Technical Systems Design”.

This webinar is free to all active members of the Global STS-D Network. To read more and sign-up for the webinar, please click here.  And to know more about the book and order it, please visit this page.

We would love to hear from you! Join us on November 8th and share with us your thoughts and reflections on the evolution of organization design and work systems.

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Did you miss our webinar? Here are some highlights

Last week we had the webinar Designing Organizations with Information Systems in mind

If you missed the webinar, here are Jean Fuller’s highlights of the session. Next week, we will present you Eli Berniker’s reflections. If you would like to share your point of view, please, send us an email and we will post it.

 

Participants:

1. Steven Alter

2. Mark Gover

3. Craig McGee

4. Bernard Mohr

5. Richard Ordowich

6. Tracy Peever

7. Sam Pless

8. Ron Smith

9. Rick Vanasse

10. Pierre Van Amelsvoort

Leader: Eli Berniker

Facilitators: Marcela Urteaga and Jean Fuller

Purpose of the Webinar:

Share ideas/reflections on the issues pertaining to the integration of information systems into organization design

Agenda

Prior to the webinar, participants received three discussion questions from Eli.

Process:

Participants were separated into three groups during which they discussed one or more of the three questions.

Since not all break out groups discussed one of the proposed discussion, the following are the highlights from the plenary session that followed:

  •  IS and Organization Design seem to be at odds with each other: IS seeks to standardize and Organization Design needs to include ways to continuously adapt to the needs of the organization’s environment as well as members’ need for initiative, autonomy and variety.
  •  Key terms do not have the same definitions. Examples:
    • System (software or process), organization, steering committee, participation,  organization design (as a verb and as a noun), ….
  •  It seems that the work process needs to be defined (mapped) by all persons involved so as to show how work is actually done and so that IS can examine what it can and can not do.
  •  “Work arounds”/the informal ways of doing things need to be built in to IS. Algorithms need to be found to do this. Such algorithms would then facilitate knowledge creation.
  •  The use of the data generated by IS needs to be accessible so as to give members theopportunity to create information and knowledge.
  •  IS needs to be explicit as to its control function so that members of the organization are able to apply “minimum critical specs” – (i.e. there may be more than one best way)
  •  There is a strong need to alignment between the sponsors of IS and those for organization design. IS and Organization Designers can not be on separate agendas.
    •  Steering committees and design teams need to be aligned in regards to their respective outputs

 

Questions for the SFO Design Team

1. How do I design IT so that it is compatible with STS principles?

2. We need common definitions

3. How can IS be agile to make the work system agile? (most ERP’s are now a liability in regards to the need to be agile.)

4. What’s wrong with traditional IS design? (We both need to focus on the work that needs to be done.)

5. How can we stop blaming IS? Who needs the data? Who is to blame for what problem to be solved?

6. How can wikis help out in this debate? Linux seems to be a successful model to emulate.

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Integration of Technology and Organization Design

Have you signed up for our webinar?

We have already a large group of STS practitioners eager to start the conversation that will continue in San Francisco.  We will explore the relationship between Organization Design and Information Systems design.

Eli Berniker, one of the facilitators of this webinar says:

Tthe digital world seems enormously plastic with regard to technological challenges. That is because the digital world is not governed by nature; it is governed by human logic. 

Information Systems will always need human backup and, given growing complexity, that back up will be by groups or teams. That leads to the agenda of our discussion questions: How do we design human organizations that will utilize complex IS to do the organizations work?

How do we design participation, autonomy, and effective teamwork under the conditions imposed by IS?

How can IS be architected to support the continuous creation of knowledge?

Click here to find all the details of the webinar, and to join us on June 15, 2016 at 13:00 EDT.

 

 

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Webinar: Designing Organizations with Information Systems in mind – June 15th

Join Eli Berniker and Jean Fuller in this dynamic and interactive conversation on the emerging challenges IS poses for organization design practice.

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Click here to find all the details about this webinar on June 15, 2016 at 13:00 EDT  and to sign up.

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Important update – Webinar date change

Experimenting a Different Mindset through the Questions  

We ask as Organization Designers

Our sincere apologies to everyone for the inconvenience, but we have had to reschedule our next webinar on “Generative Questions for Organization Design”, from March 23rd to April 20th at 1.00 pm EDT.

We hope very much that this new date will work better for our European colleagues as well as our North American friends. For those of you who have already registered for this webinar, we hope also that this date will work for you, and we encourage you to reach out and invite your contacts to join us. The richness of the conversation is greatly increased with the number of participants and we would love to ensure that this session goes above and beyond your expectations.

Here again is what Jean Fuller wishes to convey about the intentions of this webinar that he and his colleague, Jacinthe Bergevin have designed…

After more than 25 years of organization redesign practice, like many of you, I have been witnessing the emergence of a more complex world in which organization redesign is perceived as a very costly, time consuming and energy draining initiative.

While I have never doubted on the need to redesign organizations so they are more humane, productive and effective, this has brought me to examine how I carry out my work. I began to QUESTION THE QUESTIONS I ask when going through the redesign methodologies at my disposal. I discovered that some of my most basic assumptions needed to be challenged (BIG TIME!).

I came to realize that most of the questions I use are deficit-based, that is aimed at discovering gaps or problem areas. These take lots of time to process for a host of reasons because they call for extensive, time consuming conversations and create resistance since few people want to be part of a problem.

In the webinar I am inviting you to attend on April 20, 2016 at 13:00 EDT, I will share with you the lessons I have learned. With Jacinthe Bergevin, whose expertise is in Appreciative Inquiry, we will explore how generative questions can “fast-track” the organization redesign process for quicker, more engaging and more lasting results.

Please note that to fully benefit from this webinar, a minimum of 12 participants are required.

So, for those of you who haven’t registered yet, please JOIN US on April 20th!

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