Upcoming events

    • 22 Apr 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 95


    Research In Progress II

    Thursday, April  22nd, 2021 at 9:00 am Eastern Time

    "More is Different: The Effect of Preference Diversity on Exploration"

    Models of organizational learning under uncertainty tend to assume that organizations are composed of either one single agent or multiple agents whom all share their points of view – homogeneous preferences. In this paper, I relax this assumption and study how organizations composed of people with diverse views of the world – diverse preferences – learn from their uncertain environments. I find that preference diversity can lead to large and nontrivial changes in the exploration rate of organizations. Preference diversity is a double-edged sword. It can lead to both increased exploration rates but also decreased exploration. The key behind an increase or decrease in exploration is given by the specific preference range, bias, and polarization of the organization. A manager who wishes its organizations to explore more has two routes for achieving higher exploration through preference diversity. First, the manager can create measures that promote the agent’s preference polarization. Conversely, the manager could incentivize polarization and create measures to control the preference bias. However, even small deviations on a single agent’s preferences can erode the organization’s exploration rate in polarized organizations. Polarized and biased organizations, explore much less than organizations whose agents share their preferences.

    Speaker Intro:

    Jose P. Arrieta, PhD at ETH Zurich starting soon as Assistant Professor of Strategy at the University of Amsterdam's Business School.

        Webinar is only for ODC, EODF and ODF members only.

        Registration closes 21st April, 2021 at 10 am (eastern time)

        Hope you will be able to join us!

    • 29 Apr 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (EDT)
    • Zoom Webinar


    ODC@10: Managing Organizational Change for Good II

    Thursday, April 29th, 2021 at 9:00 am Eastern Time

    The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Organizational Design Community (ODC) are pleased to support the “Organizing for Good” campaign to celebrate 10 years since the founding of ODC (ODC@10). The next  event is a webinar led by organizational change experts Mads Svendsen and Jens Flanding from the UN,  followed by commentary from Andy Van De Ven, Professor Emeritus in the Carlson School of the University of Minnesota.  



    Mads Svendsen is a senior change management advisor at the UN.

    Jens Flanding is working for UNHCR and driving the introduction of our new ERP and has published on change management in the past. 

    Webinar is open to ALL. Non-members can register as "Guest" 

        Hope you will be able to join us!

    • 08 Jun 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Video plus ODC, Fuglesangs Alle 4, DK-8210, Aarhus V, Denmark
    Virtual Organization Design Community Annual General Meeting for Members 2021

    • The meeting will be conducted via Zoom. Links will be sent prior to the meeting.

      Time: 4 pm Aarhus ( 10 AM US East Coast, 7 AM US West Coast,  10 PM Singapore)

      It will be possible to participate at the ODC location in Aarhus, but we strongly encourage members to participate via Zoom.

      Please note: You must register to attend the general meeting

      The annual general meeting shall be called with no less than fourteen (14) days notice. The agenda for the annual meeting shall be sent out to the members no later than eight (8) days before the meeting.

      Members shall submit items for the agenda to the Association Office no later than ten (10) days before the annual general meeting.

      At the annual general meeting, decisions can only be made on agenda items.


      1. Election of meeting chairperson
      2. Annual report from the Board of Directors
      3. Annual financial report
      4. Election of members of the Board of Directors: Charles Snow, Tim Carroll, and Amy Kates term expires. They cannot be reelected. Paul Wayne, Tobias Kretschmer, and Phanish Puranam term expires and can be extended. They are willing to be reelected. 
        The board nominates the following individuals to the ODC board: Özgecan Koçak, Jeroen van Bree, Gurneeta Vasudeva, Phanish Purunam, Paul Wayne, and Tobias Kretschmer.
      5. Election of auditor
      6. Motions received from members of the Board of Directors or Association members
        1. Revision of the articles of association
      7. Any other business for discussion only

    Kindly Note Registration for the event closes on 7th Of June  4 pm Aarhus ( 10 AM US East Coast, 7 AM US West Coast,  10 PM Singapore) 

    Material for the Annual Meeting:

    Articles of Association (2021) .pdf

    Articles of Association (2014) with track changes (2021).pdf

Past events

08 Apr 2021 ODC@10: Managing Organizational Change for Good
25 Mar 2021 Webinar: Research In Progress
04 Mar 2021 Redesigning Organizations Systems of Organizing, Managing and Leading: The Indispensable Role of Honest Conversations
25 Feb 2021 Agent-based Models for Organization Design
11 Feb 2021 Organization Design Challenges in Indian Context
28 Jan 2021 "Designing Future Healthcare Systems"
14 Jan 2021 Experimental Methods for Organization Design Researchers
17 Dec 2020 Using AI to Build Theory
10 Dec 2020 Machine Learning: A Hands on Introduction
03 Dec 2020 "Organization Design and Power"
19 Nov 2020 Going way beyond “strategic design” – Implementing Organization Designs
12 Nov 2020 The Art of Scoping out an Organization Design Project
05 Nov 2020 Baldwin and Clark’s Design Rules I: Twenty years after
28 Oct 2020 Webinar on "Beneath the Surface of Less-Hierarchical Organizing"
22 Oct 2020 Studying Organizational Design using Qualitative Methods
15 Oct 2020 Webinar on "Mapping Complexity in Organizations"
30 Sep 2020 Webinar on “Unleashing the Power of Organizational Design for Cultural Transformation”
30 Jul 2020 Organization Design Community Annual Conference 2020
30 Jun 2020 Virtual Organization Design Community Annual General Meeting for Members 2020
11 Jun 2020 Webinar on “The Strategic Role of Middle Managers in Organizational Design”
29 Apr 2020 Webinar on “ Chaos Containment by Design: Survival for Chaotic Times”
26 Feb 2020 Webinar on “ Organizational Design & Development in the Age of Algorithms”
15 Jan 2020 Webinar on "The Four Big Reasons Organizational Design Project Fail"
21 Nov 2019 Webinar on "The Divergent Effects of Digitalization on Organizational Design"
16 Oct 2019 Webinar on "Designing for Agility"
09 Sep 2019 Webinar on "Global Organization Design"
11 Aug 2019 Organization Design Community Annual Conference 2019
11 Aug 2019 Organization Design Community Annual General Meeting for Members 2019
27 Jun 2019 Webinar on "How to Mobilize and Align Leaders Using Collaborative Design"
12 Aug 2018 ODC Annual Conference 2018
12 Aug 2018 Organizational Design Community Annual General Meeting for Members 2018
29 May 2018 Journal of Organization Design (JOD) conference
06 Aug 2017 ODC Annual Conference 2017
06 Aug 2017 Organizational Design Community Annual General Meeting for Members
07 Aug 2016 ODC Annual Conference 2016
07 Aug 2016 ODC Annual Meeting
10 Dec 2015 Conference Board - 11th Annual Organization Design and Diagnostics Conference
09 Aug 2015 ODC Annual Conference 2015
09 Aug 2015 ODC Annual Meeting 2015
03 Aug 2014 ODC Annual Meeting & Conference 2014
24 Mar 2014 Webinar on Activating the Global Operating Model for Growth
09 Dec 2013 Webinar on Designing Organizations for User Innovation
08 Aug 2013 ODC Annual Meeting & Conference 2013
01 Mar 2013 Webinar on Making Organization Design Knowledge Actionable
03 Aug 2012 The Inaugural ODC Conference 2012

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