ODF’s 2018 Annual Conference

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April 24, 2018 - April 26, 2018
All Day


Planning is just getting underway, but we’re already excited about visiting Ann Arbor – a nexus of Organization Design influences . . .

Ross Business School of University of Michigan

  • Center for Positive Organizations – Domains of research are Positive Leadership, Meaning and Purpose, Ethics and Virtues, Relationships and Culture in an organizational setting
  • A number of illustrious scholar-practitioners on staff, including Kim Cameron, Jane Dutton, Dave Ulrich, Sue Ashford, Robert Quinn,
  • Ross Business School has the most alumni CEOs in Fortune100 companies

Nearby to pioneers in the area of Organization and Work Process Design

  • Home of award-winning Menlo Innovations, known for its managed approach to growth, its mission of “ending human suffering as it relates to technology,” and for partnering with customers, an approach they call “high tech anthropology
  • Herman Miller, Socio-Technical Systems redesign and pioneer of the much-vaunted Toyota Production System, a “lean” method that lowers the cost inefficiencies of long lead times and producing on spec
  • Steelcase – a design thinking proponent working with IDEO who have positioned their company as a leader in shaping the work environment
  • Whole Scale Change approach initiated at Ford Motor company and new ideas emerging from the Detroit Renaissance – exemplified by Shinola



We’ll be hosting the conference at:


Home to the University Of Michigan, Ann Arbor is a warm and welcoming North American town with a vibrant energy, sophisticated charm, and beautiful natural surroundings. The town is well known for its cultural offerings, with abundant opportunities to enjoy the arts and culture scene, ranging from thought-provoking art exhibits to inspiring performances by jazz legends. Exclusive galleries with hands-on exhibits and exceptional museums.  Noted as one of “America’s Best Main Streets”, you’ll be able to walk nearby to one of over 300 restaurants.  Ann Arbor’s other accolades include:

  • #1 Best Mid-Sized Cities to Visit, RewardExpert, 2017
  • #1 The 10 Most Walkable Neighborhoods in the Midwest, Redfin.com, 2016
  • The 15 U.S. Towns Most Worthy of a Day Trip, Esquire, 2016
  • 10 College Towns We’d Actually Want To Visit As Adults, Huffington Post Traveler, 2014
  • Best College Towns for People Who Aren’t In College, Conde Nast Traveler, 2014




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