Pre-Conference Workshops

Workshop 1: Designing Agile teams and collaborative ways of working

Co-creating self-organising in a solution-focused way:

Have you ever wondered how actually teams, departments, organisations embark from a hierarchical command-control based way of operating and arrive successfully to a self-organised adaptive ways or organising themselves around work that changes fast?

What are the key ingredients? What is the role of leaders on this journey? How can the evolution be co-created, and made fun and filled with lightness?

Elvira Kalmar has packed together her more than 15 years experience as an Organisation Development and Design specialist, armed herself with a solution-focused mindset and marched into one of the biggest employers in Hungary. The rest is history and she is happy to share with you her learnings and assist you on your own journey on the way to make things evolve into the right direction.

This workshop will focus on what is possible to be changed within a company, including the on tools leaders, HR professionals can be able to use as of tomorrow:
– how to create connections and engagement under constantly changing circumstances.
– when is it time to redesign the work you do drastically?
– how a leader and a team can co-create the journey towards self-organisation?
– what the role of digital platforms as collaboration tools and as redesign enablers?
– how change can be replaced by evolution, made fun and filled with lightness?

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Elvira Kalmar – I am an organisation philosopher and a development practitioner: collected my experience as an internal and external organisation design consultant as well as an organisation and community development practitioner.

I have 20 years experience in developing non-profit organisations, start-ups, small and medium size businesses, multinational companies and professional communities.

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Workshop 2: Organisational choice and technological disruption

Approaching the challenge

Organisational choice is used as shorthand for explaining that an organisation faced with a new, potentially disrupting technology has the opportunity to choose the way this new technology is implemented. E.g. when a robot replaces manual labour, the task of programming and maintaining the robot is new, and assigning these tasks is an Organisation Design question.

Can the redundant blue-collar workers be trained for these tasks? Is a specialist robot group needed?

Do we need separate jobs for programming and process planning and maintenance?

Quality of work is influenced by the way organisational choices are made. Based on a Dutch or Lowlands perspective of sociotechnical systems design, this workshop will distinguish the roles technology can play in various organisations.

Design decisions on the division of labour over organisational units, are followed by assigning coordination and control tasks to ensure the quality of work. Only after designing the structure, the design of the systems can follow to avoid de-humanizing work.”

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L.J. Lekkerkerk (or just Hans) combines a BSC in Mechanical engineering (1982) with an MSc in (social) Systems design (1985) from Delft University in the Netherlands, and a PhD in Business administration (2012) from Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. In his PhD-thesis he combines systems thinking, organisation design, and innovation management.

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Jesper Hanssen is a passionate organisation design and developer, who likes to navigate between theory and practice. He prefers to facilitate and guide (management) teams in the directing, redesigning and developing their organization. Besides that, he really enjoys lecturing at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

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Workshop 3: Bringing values to life in technology enabled organisations

Technology enabled organisations are everywhere! Today, technology is leading the transformation of organisations, the way we work, and the way we think.

While tech is important, there is an opportunity to focus now only on tech change but also on the human elements. We can do this by putting values at the heart of organisation design.
Organisations that truly live their values will attract future generations. They will enable employees, customers and society to thrive. While many companies communicate their values e.g., around trust, sustainability, diversity, not all are successful in operationalizing their values and bringing them to life.

In this workshop, we share theory, examples and methods for designing values driven organisations. We explore how to articulate and embed a set of values that are meaningful and adaptive. You are invited to bring your own cases and experience to share in the group. You will leave with inspiration and tools that you can apply afterwards in your work.

Imagine being able to live the future you seek, while designing it! If you believe organisations can be a force for good, and you want to help make that happen, this workshop is for you.

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Stuart John Wigham PhD , is a Content Manager and Consultant at ON THE MARK.

He recently completed his doctoral research in Organisation Design.

In addition to this, he is on the Board of Directors of the USA ODF. His expertise is within the Whole system school of thought with a particular interest in engagement principles and practice and applying Strategy, Reward and Equality principles.

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Jodie Goulden is a Consultant and HR Executive at Orgdesign Works, helping organisations design and implement effective ways of working. She is also a Speaker-Coach for TEDx.

Her career comprises more than 20 years of experience as a leader and HR professional in multinational companies, holding senior positions at BASF including Head of Global Development & Learning, and has also worked at Lucent Technologies (now Nokia) and Deloitte.

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Paul D. Tolchinsky PhD has over 35 years expertise in the design of organisations, applying socio-technical and Whole-Scale™ Change principles to organisations.
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