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Time goes fast

And November is here already.  We’re still working on the memories of the conference, and both in the virtual and in the real world,  your presence and contribution is critical for our community.

Don’t forget to send us your information and, if possible, some of the pictures that you took.  Here is where we need your help.

  1. Ongoing Learning groups: if you’re coordinating one, please, send us the relevant information (project description, members and plan) as soon as you can. We have only received one. Thanks Charles and Bert for sending it so soon.   If you need help or have any questions, please, contact us!
  2. Directory:  we’re almost finished with the 2017 members’ directory .  If you haven’t sent us your bio, picture and contact information, or if you want to update them, please, email me.  Email me if you cannot see this file.
  3. Memories: If you have pictures or reflections you would like to share with the world, please, send them to us.

We also want to take this opportunity to send our best wishes for recovery to our friend and colleague Jac Christis and share with you this picture we took thinking of him.





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Call for PhD/MSc Workshop: “Researching Sociotechnical Systems”

“Designing Collaborative Ecosystems”

2017 Annual STS Roundtable & Global STS Design Network in partnership with Rutgers’ Center for Collaboration in Work & Society and Rutgers’ Center for Work & Health

Rutgers University: September 12—15, 2017

Pre-conference workshops: September 12, 2017

Pre-conference Workshop for PhD and MSc students

“Researching Sociotechnical Systems”

The future of sociotechnical systems (STS) research and design is in the hands of the younger generation. STS is an approach to complex organizational work design with a shared emphasis on achievement of both excellence in performance and quality in people’s work

lives. Investing in the next generation of researchers is an important instrument to increase the quality of STS research, and to promote further theoretical development of STS concepts.

Objective of the workshop

The objective of the workshop is to help PhD and Masters students design and execute their dissertation plans and provide them with feedback from senior academics and from the other participants. Graduate students in every stage of their dissertation research are welcome to participate. The call is aimed at students whose research is STS based; yet students researching organizations or organizational networks from other perspectives, who are interested in the possible added value of an STS approach to their research, are also very welcome. Possible research topics include work design, teamwork, organizational networks, business ecosystems, digital transformation, automation, management, task  division, coordination, worker participation, collaboration, governance, quality of working life, and organizational performance. Possible research settings include, but are not limited to: health and social care, information technology, manufacturing, education, public sector and unions. The focus of the workshop is on ‘doing research’, by addressing STS and organization design issues in a scientifically grounded way. The workshop offers PhD and Masters students a unique possibility to present and discuss, receive feedback, and exchange comments and views on their research in an inspiring community of fellow graduate students and experienced researchers active in the Global STS Design Network. The Roundtable is pleased to provide this workshop at NO charge to successful applicants.

Outline of the workshop

The half-day workshop will start with a brief keynote presentation on “Researching  Sociotechnical Systems”. The workshop is organized primarily around participative interaction. The participants are expected to write a short paper on their research in advance, and act as active contributors. Each short paper will be assigned to a fellow  student and to a senior discussant. Participants will be asked to present their short paper after which the two discussants will lead a group discussion.

The following scholars organize the workshop and will participate as discussants. Other names of discussants will be added later.

– Ezra Dessers, Assistant Professor, Centre for Sociological Research, KU Leuven, Belgium.

– Adrienne E. Eaton, Professor, Labor Studies & Employment Relations Department, Rutgers University, USA.

– Don De Guerre, Associate Professor, Applied Human Sciences, Concordia University, Canada.

Due date for application is June 15, 2017

Please submit your application for participation in the workshop by sending (1) a motivation letter, explaining the topic of your research, and what you expect to learn from the workshop, and (2) a short paper (2500 words max), in which you either present an overview of your dissertation plan, or focus on a specific part of your research (e.g. research questions, conceptual model, case description, preliminary results, etc.). Submissions should be sent by email, no later than June 15, 2017. The submissions will be reviewed, and notification of the decision can be expected by June 30, 2017. All accepted short papers will be published on the STS Roundtable website. Interested  participants will be invited to write a contribution for a forthcoming book on organizational networks in health and social care. In addition to the workshop, participants can submit a proposal for a poster at the conference.

Workshops and conference

The 2017 Annual STS Roundtable & Global STS Design Network conference, in partnership with Rutgers’ Center for Collaboration in Work & Society and Rutgers’ Center for Work & Health, will be held at Rutgers University: September 12—15, 2017—see:


The workshop is part of the pre-conference workshops, which will also be held at Rutgers University: September 12, 2017. We would encourage all workshop participants to join us for the entire conference if possible so everyone can benefit from ongoing dialogue throughout the conference with academics, practitioners, union leaders and managers. A reduced conference fee is available for students. If necessary, students may also apply for financial support – contact us.

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Reflections from the STS Roundtable Conference

“As a student, it was an amazing experience to be exposed to all of the attendees, their experience and knowledge and their thought processes. As one of our faculty stated, we were “drinking learning through a fire house” which is totally how I feel. I’m still processing all I learned!”  

 Sonja Drown, a Masters candidate in Organization Development from Sonoma State University

Please, send us your reflections or add them directly here.



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Sorry to resend again, this time with a correction.

Testimonial by Ray Dyck

The Leuven Festival was a great opportunity to become aware of and explore new approaches to workplace innovation across  multiple  industry sectors. So many passionate people, new concepts and stimulating discussions in various forums made this a very energizing experience for me. New possibilities for the work I do came into focus.

The launch of GLOWIN was a crowning event, realizing dreams established many years ago. Finally,  having the opportunity to meet up with old friends and make new ones from across the world, connected by our passion – very special indeed.

Many thanks to all of those who had  a hand in organizing the Festival!

P.S. Have you registered for our next webinar on December 10th, 12.00 pm EST?  Don’t miss the chance to discuss how Social Media can be used for Organizational Transformation!

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The Festival of Connecting proved a great opportunity to meet so many people who work in many different ways towards a common goal of making organisations work better, as well as organise work better to enhance multiple value creation for the multitude of stakeholders, including our planet.
Kind Regards,
Hans Lekkerkerk

P.S. Don’t forget to register for our next webinar on December 10th, 12.00 pm


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Reflections on Leuven’s 2015 Festival of Connecting

By Bernard Mohr

On the day after the end of the festival I found myself in Bruges, Belgium with Benedict Monroe from Montreal, Ron Smith from Houston and my soon-to-become-later-on-the-trip-fiancé Karin Wagner (yes, her fathers name is Richard 🙂 . Slaloming  amidst an unexpected mid-september throng of fellow tourists we shared laughter, disappointments and mostly delights about the Festival. This day of shared cultural “gawking” and reminiscing was itself a delicious treat – as is often the case when we take time with friends to make sense of shared experiences.

The “gong” used by various people to call sessions to order was definitely the biggest any of us had ever seen or heard – worthy of inclusion in a Pat Moriarity “karate kid” film ! Highlights of the week for me included the summaries of progress by EUWIN (European Work Innovation Network) presenters as well as the largely symbolic signing of the Manifesto for GLOWIN (Global Organization and Work Innovation Network)… I say symbolic because those of us that signed it did so largely on faith since the text was in such small font as to require a 100 power microscope to read it :-)!

Of course (and I realize this is somewhat self promotional) I cherished the opportunity to distribute the flyer announcing the upcoming publication of “Co-Creating Humane and Innovative Organizations: Evolutions in the Practice of Socio-Technical Systems Design” as the first tangible “product” of the recently formed Global STS-D Network.

Thanks to all who helped and participated – particularly our european hosts !



Would you like to share your experience or pictures? Please, send them to us!

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