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Our conference in Amsterdam will be held on 17/18 October. It is an Open Space conference (for more about Open Space Technology, read on here). Around 80% of the conference sessions will be defined on this platform. All sessions will have a 90 minute time slot available and thus take a maximum of 90 minutes. In some cases, sessions may extend over 2 subsequent time slots. If you have questions, please contact conference deans Nick Richmond or Niels Pflaeging.

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OrgPhysics: Impact of structures on change, design, consultants

Theories and models abound about what good org design and org structure are. However, many of the concepts in the field are probably nothing more than convenient myths, based on flawed assumptions about what makes organisations tick. In this session, we will try to de-bunk org design, consider the proven and validated, and distinguish it from the the hocuspocus. We will critically discuss the more recent notion of org ...more »

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Team effectiveness as an org design principle

Team development usually focuses on teams that already exist. Typical questions it adresses are: "How to improve teams in virtual times?“ "How to improve interaction and communication?" This is fine. But this kind of team development is also a rather limited approach, as it only tackles specific problems teams may have. This is "team development as operational improvement“. The blind spot in most organizations however, ...more »

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Leading without bosses

How often do you face the statement: this project was a success despite the management? Or was it even you who said it? It feels like bosses prevent the future to happen. Having said so, what would happen if we organise companies with the same passion and engagement as at home. Let's view organisations as complex organism and put central the Rhinelandic approach and team wise collaboration. We might end up at flock leadership ...more »

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Team Collaboration in Complex Organisations

Within a complex organisation system teams and groups need to collaborate, but not all collaborations are equally important. The importance depends heavily on how closely they need to work together. Not all collaborations need to be invested in to the same extent. In organisation design it is important to identify which collaborations need the most attention. In this session we will investigate the organisational drivers ...more »

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Evolution of leadership: the rise of the Network Leader

Within the Copernican revolution in how organisations are designed, managed and lived, brand new opportunities arise. The focus is now back on people, and their passion, grasp, creativity and their interactions and relationships shape the very future of our organisations. This also means new challenges. Leadership, as the moving engine of evolution and growth, is now called to overtake its transactional and transformational ...more »

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Approaches and Healthy Tensions in Organisation Design

There is no one right way to 'do' organisation design. There is usually a healthy tension between the options and alternative approaches. In this session we will present three classic tensions between alternative approaches to consider when designing an organisation design process with a client. It will depend on the organisation, their context, purposes, strategy, systems and culture.We will then explore these together ...more »

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Developing a company specific organisation design methodology

Big enterprises generally have lots of organization design work going on at any one time. Frequently this work is done in pockets with no consistency of approach or overarching view of the whole system. Developing and governing an in-house approach to organization design could be an effective investment. What does it take to develop one? How do you measure its value?

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How do you measure the impact of an OD intervention?

As a community, we want to support change in organisations. To do this, we need to make the case - both before and afterwards, that the intervention has value. Being able to demonstrate the 'Before' and 'After' situation is critical. But how? We will share 3 case studies of tracking intervention impact & client response; we will ask for participant experiences and recommendations to share best practices

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Changing culture and workplace performance collaboratively

The old days of consultants going into a company and changing it from the outside are long gone. Instead, internal change agents, a perplexing business problem, and a change mentor can change the game and bring the culture up to a new level where adapting to change doesn't fight against the system. We're here to talk about why this works and how collaboratively changing the system works better.

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Advanced Organization Design: Theory and Practice

This session will discuss advanced organization design from two perspectives: Traditional concepts and methodology and adaptive design, both needing to co-exist in the same design. Traditional design will be reviewed via having just completed the largest healthcare organization design project in the US, and adaptive design will be reviewed via case studies – a recently published book chapter case study on adaptive design ...more »

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Teaching Birds How to Fly: Why Leadership Cannot be Learned

The current patterns, or elements of any company´s organizational model are those whch fit with market environments in the long run. Again and again, new patterns emerge - and persist thanks to fit or vanish due to lack of it, If the environment doesn´t change too quickly or too abruptly, an organization remains in alignment with its context. Except when managers or consulants start acting on the belief the organization ...more »

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Internal v external organization design consultants

If you were a business unit leader wanting to re-design your organization would you hire an external consultant or would you rely on your internal consultants (assuming you had them in your organization). Why? If you are an organization design consultant what are the pluses and minuses of being internal to the organization v being external to the organization (and vice versa). How can organizational leaders know whether ...more »

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Organisation Design in Public Sector – what’s so different?

A session to debate and discuss if there are real differences between organisation design processes and outcomes in public sector organisations compared to private and third sectors. What can we learn from the contexts, processes and outcomes in different sectors? Please bring your case stories and perspectives from across Europe.

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Design for a Change, OD through the eyes of an physical designer

What can the more traditional design disciplines and product development process bring to the field of OD? How does the process of Design Thinking along with fostering the attitude of Creative Confidence play into the world of OD? How can these methodologies help to create bottom up organizational change in large-scale companies? These are some of the questions I would like to discuss with you. To fuel the conversation ...more »

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Bringing the Board "on board"

The hierarchical organizational structures are, since ever, the most reassuring for the business leaders who see, in a clear chain of command, the best response to an efficient corporate governance. Any other organizational solution (liquid, lean, etc), although theoretically appealing, it clashes with the anxiety of the CEO towards the need of control. Active Value Advisors has developed a declination of the Organizational ...more »

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Digital Technology & OD

Digital Technology is changing the world, and although the world of work seems to be lagging, the workplace is no different. In this session. The trends show we are only at the beginning of a huge change to the world of work and business. In this session, I will go through some of the key trends that are driving these changes I see in business and the workplace. From here, we explore when businesses adopt digital ...more »

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Towards better innovation structures using 'the MIOScope'

The MIOS, or the Model Innovation and Organization Structure, is recently developed and tested at Radboud University to diagnose organizational structures, especially focussing on the embedded 'innovation structure'. It is also intended as a research tool enabling systematic comparison of organizational structures to figure out design rules for the innovation structure. Because operational performance of organizations ...more »

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Organisations are about People: Common Focus on Common Purpose

Every organisation is a natural eco-system with the potential to thrive. How? When the people have a common understanding of its common purpose and are genuinely collaborating to achieve it. The first step? Create the platform for generative deep meaningful conversations that enable invisible barriers hindering collaboration to simply fall away. Welcome to cultureQs: the change accelerator. In this highly interactive ...more »

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Synergy between Org Design and Org Development

As an external consultant in org development and change, I am relatively new to and very much intrigued by org design. Most recently I am also working as an internal consultant in a very traditional organisation. I am interested in having a conversation about the obvious synergy between OD and OD as well as the potential healthy partnership between the internal and the external consultants.

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Design and the quest for professionalization

Pioneers in the field of management, such as Charles Babbage, Mary Parker Follett, Frederick Taylor and Elton Mayo, at the time set out to develop management as a profession. Today, however, most scholars in organization and management studies (OMS) are employed at business schools treating their students as consumers rather than apprentices in a profession, and have largely capitulated in the quest for professionalism. ...more »

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The “Death” of the Business Plan - Implications for Org Design

The “Death” of the Business Plan and Implications for Dynamic Organisational Design The paper will challenge common thinking in regards to Business planning and strategic execution. The session will seek to link business modelling with tactical planning and highlight the implications for effective team dynamics, organisational design and strategic delivery. The paper will be broken into five parts; 1) The Disconnect ...more »

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Fundamental laws to design the future knowledge organisation

Hierarchical organisations, based on industrial thinking, Taylorism, will not match the requirements of successful organisations in the knowledge society. The organisation of the next generation will be more open, flexible, mobile and more dynamic to allow a continuous flow of knowledge through communities. Networking inside and outside is necessary to be more productive as well as to create new knowledge to innovate ...more »

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