Complexity and Management Conference 5th-7th June 2015

Conference theme: Exploring our experience of everyday politics in organisations

How do we negotiate degrees of freedom with each other in what we can increasingly experience as regimes of disciplinary power in organisational life? How do grand schemes for whole-organisation transformation play out in every day relationships between people?

This conference will invite participants to discuss and reflect upon the every day politics of getting things done together, noticing the negotiations, compromises and improvisations which are necessary to take the next step.

Between now and then we will be posting further reflections on the topic on this the Complexity and Management blog.

The key note speakers this year are  Svend Brinkmann,  who is Professor in general psychology and qualitative methods as well as Co-director of the Center for Qualitative Studies, and Professor Patricia Shaw, co-founder of the Doctor of Management programme at UH and currently working at Schumacher College. Here is Svend’s profile page at Aalborg university http://personprofil.aau.dk/117579?lang=en and here is Patricia Shaw’s at Schumacher College: http://www.schumachercollege.org.uk/teachers/patricia-shaw .

The conference will be informal and highly participative, as in previous years. The conference fee includes accommodation and food and will be held at Roffey Park Institute in the UK: http://www.roffeypark.com

The booking page on the university website will be set up in the New Year.

A more detailed agenda will follow, but the conference begins with a drinks reception @7pm on Friday 5th June and ends after lunch Sunday 7th June 2015.

Participants wishing to set up a particular themed discussion in a working group during the conference should contact Chris Mowles: c.mowles@herts.ac.uk

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3 thoughts on “Complexity and Management Conference 5th-7th June 2015

  1. Niels Pflaeging

    Sounds very interesting. I want to be part of this, not least because your book is really, really, really good. But I would like to not just be “participating”, but also contribute somewhat more,.Maybe we find a way to that?
    Did you receive my book, Chris? I met Steve Hearsum and Simon Gott in Amsterdam a few months ago, so there is a first contact with Roffey Park from my side.
    Would love to hear from you.

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    1. Chris Mowles Post author

      Thanks for your interest Nils and your kind thoughts about the book. I have another one out end of March. I didn’t receive your book – did you send it to me at the University of Hertfordshire? You’re welcome to put an idea forward for a workshop at the conference if you would like to.
      Chris

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      1. Niels Pflaeging

        Dear Chris,

        I hadn´t seen anything about your new book before your mention below. It looks promising on Amazon, even though I don´t like the term „management“ in combination with complexity… I am looking forward to it and maybe to meeting you in June!

        For the conference, I could imainge something around the topic of this paper: http://www.slideshare.net/npflaeging/betacodex11-the-3-structures-of-an-organizatio n and this article of mine: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/stop-crap-steps-towards-robust-theory-org-pow er-niels-pflaeging?trk=prof-post But I guess it would be better if you also had the book! It is very concise.

        I just noticed I did put you on my mailing list for the book, but ultimately didn´t send you a copy. This is an address of yours that I found: Chris Mowles, 60 James St, Oxford OX4 1EU, UK

        Is that good – or is there a better one?

        Regards, Niels ___________________________________________ Niels Pflaeging – New York – Wiesbaden nielspflaeging. & BetaCodex Network Associate Mob. D +49-173-682 1315 Skype: npflaeging http://www.nielspflaeging.com niels@nielspflaeging.com Twi tter :@ NielsPflaeging http://www.betacodex.org . The new book: http://www.organizeforcomplexity.com

        Von: Reflexivepractice Antworten an: Reflexivepractice Datum: Sonntag, 28. Dezember 2014 14:51 An: Niels Pflaeging Betreff: [New comment] Complexity and Management Conference 5th-7th June 2015

        WordPress.com Chris Mowles commented: “Thanks for your interest Nils and your kind thoughts about the book. I have another one out end of March. I didn’t receive your book – did you send it to me at the University of Hertfordshire? You’re welcome to put an idea forward for a workshop at the co”

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