Social Media Webinar

Do you have a Social Media strategy? Would you like to connect better with your clients and potential clients? Or would you like to create a community that connects with people locally and globally?

Social Media will allow you to connect with millions of users, keeps growing constantly and allows you to support different areas of the organization: from customer service to brand awareness,  Social Media can help you position yourself as an industry expert and expand your professional network.

Join me on July 26th for our next webinar and discover How can Social Media help you & us?


Together, we will explore what Social Media can do for you and organization, as well as how can it work for the STS Roundtable in this interconnected world.


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Did you miss our last webinar?

We have just posted our last webinar, Collaboration Theory meets STS Design, with Charles Heckscher.

If you missed it (or any other) please visit this page.  This page is for members only, so if you don’t have your membership fees up to date, please visit the Membership page first.

This webinar serves as a preparation for our next Annual Meeting in September, so if you haven’t signed up for it, take advantage of the Early Registration fee, that will end this month.  This Annual Meeting is going to be awesome!

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Last call for Early Registration fees

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Socio Technical Systems Roundtable in Rutgers University: New Brunswick, NJ.   If you wish to take advantage of the reduced fee for early registration, you must register by June 30th, 2017.

Please visit the registration page and get ready to join us in September 12 -15 !

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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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Our next webinar is coming

Mark it on  your calendar:  June 14th at 12.00 EDT

Collaboration Theory Meets STS Design


Join Charles Heckscher and the STS Community and discuss this interesting topic.  Find all the details and how to register here.  If you’re a member with your fees up to date, just send us an email.

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Call for Chapter Proposals – Integrated Care Ecosystems

From our colleague Bernard Mohr we received this Call for Proposals

INTEGRATED CARE ECO-SYSTEMS ( Designing for Patients, Families and Clinical Care Team Members)


Creating health requires many participants. This is a unique opportunity to push the frontier of care – for the benefit of patients, families and all other members of the care team. Join us at this new frontier of Socio-Technical Design theory, principles and practice as applied to Integrated Care Ecosystems.

The call for chapters can be found at the following link.

If you have trouble, please contact me by email.   We look forward to hearing from you.


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Celebrating 70 Years of the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations

Celebrating 70 Years of the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations

Reimagining Human Relations in our Time


Tuesday 17th – Friday 20th October 2017

Taking place over four days, and with the opening up of the archive at its heart, Reimagining Human Relations in our Time will be a multi-site, multi-method event in the public domain.

Find more information here:

October Festival A5 Postcard (002)[6120]


For any questions, please contact Antonio Sama.

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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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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.

Join the Socio Technical Systems community and learn more about Designing Adaptive Ecosystems.

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