Friday, January 13, 2017
1 PM - 2 PM ET
Design and Structure that Serve Values and Purpose
Guests: Bernard J. Mohr and Donald W. de Guerre
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When people who work in organizations help create the design and structures that align with organizational purpose and values, the result can be centers of creative energy that are also productive and enjoyable places to work. Bernard Mohr, who notes design is a verb and a noun, is co-author of a new book, Co-Creating Humane and Innovative Organizations. His colleague Donald de Guerre, who believes workplace environments impact society at large, wrote the book’s chapter “Open System Theory and the Two-Stage Model of Adaptive Action.” De Guerre writes that treating workers as cogs in a big impersonal machine begins a process that “over time creates a dissociated superficial society in which fewer and fewer people vote and we are vulnerable to a new kind of feudalism.” Join this provocative conversation!
Bernard Mohr, co-founder of Innovation Partners International, is a design and innovations practitioner who specializes in development of great work places. His clients have included global corporations, nonprofits, and organizations in health care, education, professional services, and governments, in the U.S. and around the world. His areas of expertise include complexity science, design thinking, socio-technical systems theory, social constructionism, large group methods, and his own experience as a senior manager. He is the author of three books and numerous articles. He earned an EdM degree in Organizational Learning from the University of Toronto and a Diploma in Organizational Design from Columbia University.
Donald de Guerre is a professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences at Concordia University in Montreal where he teaches human systems intervention in graduate and undergraduate programs. He was previously manager of organizational effectiveness at Syncrude Canada Ltd, where he led a total organization in environments redesign process. He has also worked internationally on development of democratic organizations in various industries and economic sectors. He earned a PhD in human and organizational systems and a MA degree in organizational development from the Fielding Graduate Institute.