As Organization Designers, we experience extreme pressure to provide quick fixes to complex challenges. We know that organizations form complex ecosystems with intricate patterns. Our organizations operate in a disruptive, fast shifting and digital world. We focus on designing solutions that create positive shifts in those patterns. Sometimes those shifts produce unintended, unexpected consequences in structure and culture. Those consequences give rise to new leadership challenges. We must be ready to respond and continue to adjust. We must create a harmonious balance among social, technical, market, and community systems.
At 2017 ODF, we will present a wide range of topics and techniques for engaging with complex patterns. You will explore and interact with people who bring different experiences, such as:
Join us in this exciting exploration and discovery!
Today’s environment demands Increasing the scope of the focus of organization design and considering the value delivered to a much broader set of stakeholders. We will explore case studies that demonstrate the role of the designer in this changing environment. We will explore changing frameworks for designing in a world characterized by digital advances that enable connectivity on a scale that fundamentally changes the business models in many industries. This is combined with an unprecedented demand for collaboration across many dimensions and stakeholders in order to deal with a world of scarce resources. The argument is that deep expertise in organization, multi-stakeholder, and inter-organizational design is required to deal with these challenges.
W.L. Gore’s updated Enterprise Strategy creates a unified direction for the company and its divisions. However, moving from small business unit silos to an integrated, closely held portfolio requires significant shifts in accountabilities and ways of work. Gore’s powerful, but informal, management culture has worked for 30 years, but the business environment now demands greater speed and agility. Gore’s leadership realized the organization was not architected in a scalable way and many long term practices would not serve it in the future. Leveraging the tried and true Star Model, with a focus on the organizational capabilities and activation, has allowed the company to identify the right organizational changes and accelerate the pace of change. In this session, Mary Tilley will share the organization design frameworks that Gore is using to prepare this iconic company for continued success.
We are increasingly entering the age of relationships, yet we continue to ignore what we really mean by relationships, that relationships exist at different levels from pure transaction to emotional intimacy, and there is nothing much written about how one would design relationships to fit their needs of different kinds of situations. In this session Dr. Schein wants to explore what it would mean to design the links between the organizational units or roles that are typically the target of design efforts. What kind of relationships do we want between people and between groups, and how would we design such relationships?
He will be referring to two of his most recent books, Humble Consulting (2016) and Organizational Culture and Leadership, 5th Edition (2017)
Working in small groups, conference attendees will tackle the strategic organization design issues of scaling for growth. The case involves The Solutions Group, which was a small, local, and successful Wellness and EAP provider, when purchased in 2013 by Presbyterian Healthcare Services, the largest integrated health care system in New Mexico. In the past three years revenue and headcount have tripled, and while connections with the parent company are in place, operating methods remain largely independent. As a local company, within a larger local company (with for-profit and not-for-profit divisions), future growth will come from outside the home market. We’ll be asked to weigh in on the organization capabilities, design, and alignment factors Susie MacLean will need to consider as she prepares to expand the division beyond its home state.
Step into the past and experience the splendor of the American Southwest at La Fonda on the Plaza, the only Santa Fe hotel situated on the historic Santa Fe Plaza. Start your adventure in Santa Fe and experience the allure of old world charm at one of the best Santa Fe hotels, where tasteful, modern conveniences blend with the warmth of authentic New Mexican style.
Every year we invite the ODF community members to submit proposals on case studies, advanced theory and new methodologies that impact the practice of organization design.
We are looking for dynamic thinkers who will engage our conference participants in thought-provoking, diverse conversation and experiential concurrent workshop sessions that challenge our assumptions, stretch our thinking, and expand our skills. ODF is committed to providing a conference experience that inspires, connects, enables, and supports the exciting work of organization design.
MICHAEL LECKIE, General Electric
JON WHEELER, The Clarion Group
GE has embarked on a massive strategic change which will turn their portfolio of industrial businesses (turbines, jet engines, locomotives, energy, medical devices, appliances) to a software enabled and driven “digital industrial” business. . .
CARLOS VALDES-DAPENA, Mars, Inc
Mars, Inc. employed its internally developed framework for team effectiveness to enable work teams to make the most of their cross-organizational, cross-functional, and cross-national work. . .
KIM CLARK PAKSTYS, Strategic Organization Solutions
Today’s evolving landscape and constant disruptions call for organizations to rethink their stakeholders and examine their requirements. During this session, we will explore the impact of emerging business trends on organization design. . .
KATHLEEN ARDUS & LUANN PHILYAW
Along with a purposeful organization design, rapidly establishing the right mindset and unrelenting focus on becoming a cohesive and unbeatable winning team is one of many ingredients of the ‘secret sauce’ to enduring integration success. . .
BRUCE MABEE, Milestone Partners LLC
As new changes pop, how do you keep solutions aligned among diverse stakeholders? A volatile case of a global organization will ask us, “What would you do?” It will help us focus our invisible Operating System, which lurks beneath our choices when the pressure is on. . .
ALI RANDEL & SAM SPURLIN, The Ready
Why has it historically been so hard to articulate the complex and integrated nature of organizational systems? In this session you’ll get a brief introduction to the OS Canvas, a new framework for understanding and articulating organizational ecosystems. . .
The Organization Design Forum devotes the day before the conference to workshops that build knowledge, skills and competence for our different types of practitioners. It is our goal to help elevate and deepen the practice of organization design by offering learning opportunities that enable or support the field.
This year we are offering two full-day sessions:
What is organization design? How does one think about it? How does one do it? If you are new to the field, or find yourself simply wanting to learn more about its foundation, these may be your questions. This engaging, fast-paced program will build your awareness, understanding, knowledge, and ability to move forward as a learning and emerging practitioner of organization design.
An offering for the more experienced practitioner, this workshop will be a series of deliberations that explore the changing nature of organization design. Based on rich case studies, we will collectively explore the full “life cycle” of organization and multi-organization design in a world of inter-connectivity.
Easy Historic Walking Tour: Join our expert historians as they guide you from the historic Harvey House Headquarters of La Fonda in the heart of Santa Fe’s Plaza area. We will pass by the famous American Indian Market in front of The Palace of Governors, the Loretto Chapel, the Oldest Church San Miguel Mission, the New Mexico State Capitol with over $7 million in art on display, and the only Capitol building based on Native American architecture. You’ll hear of the Native history, and the tri-cultural heritage, where Native Americans, Spanish and Anglos have lived together for centuries.
Tour Duration: 1hr 30 mins
Departing La Fonda at 4:00 PM
Welcome to Santa Fe – the oldest capital city in the U.S.
Take this opportunity to get acquainted with
an easy historic walking tour OR an open-air tram tour
Loretto Line Tram Tours: Covering an 8 -10 mile loop in our open air tram that includes the most important historical areas in Santa Fe, including Canyon Road and its colorful art galleries, historic neighborhoods, Santa Fe’s Museum Hill area, the historic Santa Fe Plaza and other notable locations in the heart of the city. Our expert guides are extensively trained and have in-depth knowledge in specialized areas such as archaeology, architecture, and the unique history of Santa Fe.
Tour Duration: 1hr 15 mins
Departing La Fonda at 5:30 PM
The conference format allows for maximum learning and connection. We include a mix of cutting edge plenary speakers and sessions led by peers that will explore such topics as: the changing nature of work, the impact on work space, the ways that design intersects with Big Data, and the evolution of our capabilities as organization design practitioners. We also include time to connect with other participants in ways that boost your knowledge and networks.
And, back by popular demand on the second day of the conference, the “Organization Design Bazaar”.
The Bazaar is an energetic open forum where conference attendees exchange organization design ideas, practices, challenges and information related to our conference theme: SHIFTING ORGANIZATION ECOSYSTEMS – DESIGNING FOR BALANCE
Our intention is:
Thoroughly enjoyed the conference, and the speakers and topics. I liked the smaller number of participants and the ability to interact with the presenters.
Had a fantastic time! The networking, sense of community, and commitment to learning and sharing are the strongest of any conference I’ve ever attended. I feel privileged to be a part of this network. Thank you!
Very well done — it’s one of those experiences I’ve had where I think afterwards — “how could I NOT have done that???” And those are the best…
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