How do I start connecting with people on Social Media?
What is the best Social Media channel for me?
How many times should I tweet per day?
Why do I need a YouTube channel?
How do I connect with my audience?
Get some answers in our next Webinar
on July 26th, 12.00 to 1.30 EDT!
Join the Socio-technical systems community and explore how Social Media can help you!
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.
Join the Socio Technical Systems community and learn more about Designing Adaptive Ecosystems.
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 the Socio Technical Systems community on March 22nd at noon EST!
How to help trade union organizations evolve in their own eco-systems and seek out new forms of alliances and the required changes to their own organization design?
What can we learn about this from Socio Technical Systems theory and practices, from recent initiatives such as the Equitable Food Initiative (EFI)?
What are the useful learnings (principles, tools and methods)?
Join us this January 18th, 12.00 pm EST, to discuss with Kevin Boyle and Ike Overdiep
“Employees voice in the design of innovative and humane organizations: tools, good practices and necessary skills”
where we will explore ways of engaging employees and their representative organizations (trade unions, works councils) in the design of their workplace.
To find more information about the webinar, and to sign-up, please, click here. This webinar is free for active members of the Global STS -D Network.
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.
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.
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
Prior to the webinar, participants received three discussion questions from Eli.
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.
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!
Don’t miss our next webinar on March 23rd, 1.00 pm EST!
Join us in this session led by Jacinthe Bergevin and Jean Fuller on
Generative Questions for Organisation Design
“The questions asked are significant indicators
of the desired end state”.
Jean Fuller is a long-standing practioner in organization design and currently a steward of the STS Roundtable. Jacinthe Bergevin is a well known practioner of Appreciative Inquiry in Canada.
Jacinthe and Jean joined forces to examine how the concept of Inquiry and Generative Questions may be applied to Organization Design. They will examine the most common assumptions taken by Systems’ Based Organisation Designers and those of Appreciative Inquiry practioners.
To find more information about it, please click here.
Also, we just posted our Newsletter, with important information on the 30th Anniversary Meeting, some changes to the Resources pages and an important announcement about your memebership. To read it, click here.
Join Pierre Ouellette in this Webinar on
Social Media and Organizational Transformation
on December 10th from 12.00 pm to 1.30 pm EST.
Web 2.0 and social networks illustrate how Internet users establish relationships for the creation of collective intelligence through collaborative relationships. This phenomenon has become a way to imagine how knowledge is created, shared, managed and thrived upon using such technology.
The Arab spring events in Egypt and Tunisia show how the use of social media had an impact on this uprising and that a form of collective intelligence mobilized itself for the transformation of these societies.
How can this approach be applied to mobilize collective intelligence in organisations where constant change is the norm? How can a practioner in organizational change help an organization in the use of social media? Through the use of specific examples of interventions I have led in 2 multinational organizations, we will explore how social media helps in mobilizing collective intelligence in organizations so as to accelerate transformation.
To find more information and register for this webinar, click here.