Organizing with Purpose Conference Session:

Emergent Forces – Exploring Trends and Technology That Will Shape Our Practice

Carlos Valdes-Dapena and Criag McGee

Think Tank


Carlos Valdes-Dapena (Left)

Carlos is a keynote speaker, author, and organization development professional with over 30 years of experience supporting global corporations. He is the Managing Principal of Corporate Collaboration Resources, LLC, an organization and group effectiveness consulting firm specializing in creating and sustaining cultures of collaboration. His clients have included Maersk, J&J, Mars, Inc., and The World Cocoa Foundation.

He has written two books on collaboration: “Lessons from Mars: How One Global Company Cracked the Code on High Performance Collaboration and Teamwork” and “Virtual Teams: Holding the Center When You Can’t Meet Face-to-Face.”

Carlos spent 18 years as an internal consultant and director at Mars, Inc. Before Mars, Carlos worked for three years at IBM as an executive coach and consultant to the top 35 global leaders. While at IBM he also managed the team responsible for early career executive development programs. His consulting career started in 1993 when he was with the global talent development consulting firm DDI. His clients included AT&T, Pfizer, General Motors and Lockheed Martin.

In addition to his writing, Carlos has presented and offered workshops at numerous conferences including the Organization Design Forum , Midwest Technology Leaders Conference, the Organization Development Network, and The Conference Board. He is also a guest lecturer in the business schools at American University and George Mason University.

Craig McGee (Right)

E. Craig McGee, PhD,is a Principal of Solutions, an organization design and change management consulting firm based in Colorado. He has over twenty-five years experience and an extensive background in organization design, process improvement, organization development, management development, team development, and human resources planning. He has served in external consulting, corporate staff and line management roles, and brings a strong technical background with pragmatic, sound business judgment to his client work.

He has designed and implemented collaboration-based systems in a wide variety of organizations including Exxon, BHP, Xerox, Sybase, Nationwide Insurance and the Canadian Air Command. He works extensively in changing organizational cultures to support collaboration-based work systems.

He is co-author of the book “Beyond Teams: Building the Collaborative Organization” (Jossey-Bass, 2002), and co-editor of the “Collaborative Work Systems Fieldbook” (Jossey-Bass, 2003). He, along with Kathy Molloy, have designed and delivered the “Designing for Agility™” workshop. Craig is past president of the Organization Design Forum.

He currently serves on ODF’s Advisory Board and Community Engagement & Learning Team. He can be contacted at [email protected]

Through a structured process, participants will share their insights into rapidly evolving trends and technologies that are having, or soon could have, implications for Organization Design Practitioners.


This session is designed to surface, sort and explore an array of developments across a range of fields and events that could, and in some cases already are, shaping our work as organization designers.

Through a structured process, participants will share their knowledge and experiences regarding forces they believe could affect our field. The goal is not to predict our future or speculate about where we are headed. Instead, we aim to better understand the here-and-now, rapidly evolving and sometimes complex trends and technologies that may influence our work so that we can best choose how and where to spend our precious time, attention and resources.