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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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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Adam’s Experience of the STS Roundtable

We’re happy to share the link to Adam Redshaw‘s account of the STS Roundtable meeting in San Francisco. Please, click here to read it and recall the great moments and discussions we shared.

Also, if you want to send us your reflections, insights or any other comments, please, contact us!

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Summary of the session with Ed Schein & Stu Winby in Silicon Valley

Our colleague Mary Winby kindly wrote for us the Summary of the session we had with Ed Schein and Stu Winby, after our tour for Silicon Valley.

Click here to read Ed Schein’s observations, the key themes related to STS and Digital Technology and find the pictures and graphic  recording pieces that summarize our experience.

Thank you Stu and the Spring team for hosting us at Quadrus!

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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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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.

Contents

  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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Deliberation Notes

Please note that we have uploaded the pictures of the flip charts shared by each table during the Deliberations.

Click on this link to access each deliberation document  (you will be able to edit or download the shared document).

If you would like to invite other participants to discuss a topic, feel free to post on this blog or send us your reflections and we will post them for you.

As time allows, we will continue sharing  more memories of the conference.

 

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Roundtable Reflections

Some of our colleagues (Dave Roitman, Carolyn Ordowich and Concordia University students coordinated by Don de Guerre), have written and compiled Roundtable Reflections from different Roundtable meetings.

As part of the 30th year anniversary, we want to share them with you. Please click here to read what participants learned during the meetings in 1987, 2000, 2004,  2008, 2011 and 2014, as well as the story of the Virtual Community.   These are really valuable documents, for anyone wanting to understand and appreciate our evolution as a “community of practice”.

 

 

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New reading material has been added

 

We have added more Recommended Reading for San Francisco:

One for the pre-Meeting ½ day Workshop on “An Appreciative Review of Socio-Technical Systems Thinking”:

  • North American Design of Nonroutine Work Systems (1980s—1990s) – Douglas Austrom and Carolyn Ordowich

And 2 new case studies to the Deliberation C section.

  • Minimalist Design in Complex Adaptive Systems: A Case Study in a Consumer Co-Op  by Dave Roitman
  • Satellite Healthcare: Case Study in Digital Strategy & STS Design by  Stu Winby and Dean Hovey

Please, visit the  Recommended Reading page to find them.

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Are you ready for San Francisco?

The date is getting closer and we’re excited to see the list of our colleagues that have already registered for our meeting in September!

Here is the link to several interesting articles and material that will help you prepare for the different activities of our meeting. 

If you haven’t registered yet, please, do it soon and help us make of this event an amazing experience!

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