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PLENARY SESSIONS

Braided Organizations:
Designing Augmented Human-Centric
Processes
to Enhance
Performance and Innovation

Bill Pasmore, PhD
Michel Zarka, PhD

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Organizational Network Analytics –
Innovative Tools, Data, and Thinking
to Advance Organization Design

Ben Waber, PhD

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PEER WORKSHOPS

Our peer workshops offer a wide variety of learning opportunities for those looking to stretch their design thinking, as well as for those looking to take home new tools and techniques. We feature dynamic, outside the box thinkers who will engage our conference participants in diverse conversation and experiential learning. ODF is committed to providing a conference experience that inspires, connects, enables, and supports the exciting work of organization design with our community of experienced, committed, enthusiastic practitioners looking to learn and share client needs and solutions that advance organizational capacities to more nimbly adapt and innovate.

DESIGNING ADAPTABLE ORGANIZATIONS TO THRIVE IN A COMPLEX WORLD

HETAL PANDYA, Deloitte
COREY NORMAN, Deloitte

It is time for organizations to make a radical shift towards becoming more adaptable, agile, and purpose-driven to respond to the demands of today’s customers and thrive in a landscape of disruption. Let’s discuss what adaptable organizations look like and why they are more effective than traditional structures and how network analysis can be used to organize for better business performance.

EXPANDING YOUR POWER (this Experiment is real): NOW DESIGN the NEW WORLD

BRUCE MABEE,  Milestone Partners, LLC

Power in organizations remains feared, misunderstood and often ignored as a design element. Yet, today’s level of transformative change explodes the opportunities. When business leaders don’t use power effectively, good design has no chance for success. This session will explore – and experiment with – how we can use organizational power much more effectively as design professionals.

THE FUTURE IS ALREADY HERE, IT’S JUST NOT EVENLY DISTRIBUTED
– DYNAMIC ORGANIZATION DESIGN

SARAH SONNENFELD, Alsephina Consulting
& STEVE GARCIA, Institute for Contemporary Leadership

Science-fiction writer William Gibson said: “The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.” Where do we see glimpses of the future in organization design? We will see immediate results using Entromy, an adaptive organizational diagnostic platform powered by AI and natural language processing.

GAINING INSIGHTS AND LEVERAGING RESOURCES with NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING

ANDREW WILLIAMS, Slalom

How do you interpret multiple, extensive textual sources and align multiple viewpoints. How do you make your recollection of meetings more reliable and increase you and your teams efficiency? Natural Language Processing is a powerful tool and more accessible than you’d imagine . . .

MIND THE GAP: CREATING NEW WAYS OF WORKING by LINKING ORGANIZATION DESIGN
with WORKPLACE DESIGN STRATEGIES

ARNOLD LEVIN, Gensler

There exists a gap in thinking and practice in the areas of organizational design and workplace design that potentially inhibits the successful adoption of workplace change, while at the same time posing opportunities to help organizations create the substantial change required in today’s disruptive business environment.

NAVIGATING UNCERTAINTY: CREATING A SENSE-AND-RESPOND ORGANIZATION

JARDENA LONDON, Rosetta Technology Group
SALLY BREYLEY PARKER, TimeZero Enterprises

A VUCA world – Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous – limits the effectiveness of predictions and plans. However, organizations must have a way to make decisions about longer term investments. This session addresses how to incorporate sense-and-respond techniques suited for VUCA environments into organizational design and management.

“ODF conferences present information relative to the practice of organization design and organization development from the basics, including theory, to cutting edge ideas and practices. It’s an excellent return on investment for practitioners and academics.”

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“This was my first conference and it was a really great experience. Valuable learning and networking opportunities, and I felt very welcome. It truly had a feeling of a community of experts and practitioners. A 10+! Thank you.

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