Welcome to the ODC Community Discussion! We're so glad you are here. I hope that this online community will be a valuable resource to all ODC members as you begin to connect, communicate and collaborate with your colleagues in this forum.When you visit the community for the first time, please take a moment to introduce yourself. It's a great way to practice making your first post to the community! Share your name, where you're from, your research or teaching interests, and why you belong to the ODC division.I am Julie Smendzuik-O'Brien, a member of the ODC Division since I joined the Academy of Management when I began my doctoral program. After a career as an internal OD practitioner for many years at three Minnesota state government agencies, I undertook and completed a PhD program at Fielding Graduate University in 2017. My dissertation focused on internal OD practitioners whose work contributed to the sustainability efforts of their organizations. The thing I love most about our ODC division is the rich mix of scholars and practitioners focused on making organizations and the world a better place through research and practice in organization change. I look forward to hearing from any of you who have interests similar to mine, especially in organization change for sustainability.Now it's your turn! Reply to this message now and start getting to know your fellow ODC members.Have other questions? Please start your own Discussion post with a distinct subject line, and our knowledgeable members and volunteers will help you to find the answers you need!Thanks for joining the conversation!
Hello Lori and All,I am already gaining from this site because I've immediately found Lori who is here in Cleveland and teaches at Case Western Reserve University - fantastic!I am a Ph.D. student at Case Western Reserve University in the department of Organizational Behavior of the Weatherhead School of Management. After 20 years of industry and consulting experience, and armed with my Master of Science in Organization Development from Pepperdine University, I desired a Ph.D. to gain the necessary experience, skills, and knowledge to be able to research and teach at university. Specifically, I'm passionate about changing the narrative of fear in organizations, individually and institutionally, and am studying at a great time when neuroscience and psychology are converging on some cutting-edge concepts that further support my ideas.Thank you for setting this wonderful site up for ODC. I look very forward to meeting many of you in Chicago. In the meanwhile, Lori, I'd love to connect and will plan to reach out.Best regards,
Mercedes McBride-WalkerCase Western Reserve UniversityCleveland, OHsxm903@case.edu
That's it for me for now. Looking forward to meeting you and collaborating.
Dear colleaguesWhat a wonderful opportunity to stay connected! Many thanks to everyone involved.My name is Simone Gutzan. Since my undergraduate studies I have been interested in organizational change and development. As an organizational psychology student I have always tried to bridge theory (my university studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich and at the London School of Economics) and practice (through internships e.g. at BMW Group in Munich and South Africa, empirical studies or extracurricular activities) – a challenging but rewarding experience.Currently, on the one hand, I am working as a post-doc researcher at the University in St. Gallen (Switzerland) applying a process and practice oriented lens in the field of organization studies – with a specific interest in collective reflection in organizing and the healthcare sector. On the other hand, I am managing a master's program at our university that also aims at integrating "both worlds". If there is time, I work as a consultant for selected projects for the German automobile industry.I am looking forward to better get to know your ways of "balancing both worlds" and hope to see many of you again this summer!Sending you all sunny and snowy regards from Switzerland, Simone
I am really happy to be member of the ODC and the MOC communities. In concert, the two communities inspire me to improve as a leader and research and work to contribute to academia as well as practitioners. I also enjoy to be a reviewer and help my fellows to improve their work.My educational background is in management, cognition, and digital technology. I got a PhD in strategic cognition of social media from Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. I am responsible for the OCD course at DTU's Executive MBA, where another member of ODC lectures. Besides, I teach Big Data Business Dynamics there and train executives in strategic processes.Basically, all I do revolves around two questions: How can we help managers to open their minds to the underutilized potentials of digital technologies? How can managers motivate themselves and their employees to explore how new technologies can create value for businesses as well as society by committing to higher goals than just profit growth?I believe that the human mind (individual and collective) is by far the largest challenge when companies want to undergo a digital transformation. Together with two colleagues from Copenhagen Business School, we therefore developed an online tool for transformative learning in organizations. The test identifies gaps in managers' mindset, their strategy, and market expectations and shows how their mindsets influences strategic approaches to big data. By now we have tested +1000 managers and use it as a facilitator tool to support businesses in change processes. We published the book "Disrupt your mindset to transform your business with big data" and show the test at our homepage: yourbigdatamindset.com Presently, we use the tool in a large research project of digitalization of the healthcare industry.Besides, for the past two years I have facilitated at the MOC PDWs at AOM in Anaheim and Atlanta and will attend the AOM in Chicago. Hope to see you there :-)Are you curious or see future collaboration potential then let us Link: LinkedIn profile
Hi, Julie. Thanks for reaching out on this great new format and thanks to colleagues joining in. It's very good to learn of the research and practice areas of other members. Here's a little about me so we might connect.
During a career in Quality and Process Improvement, using Lean Six Sigma and project management tools and techniques, I realized that I was nearly always bumping into the people side of change, but we weren't talking about it. Is this your experience? If we did talk, it was about apparent resistance to change. But this didn't square with me since we change, even choose change, all the time. I got to thinking about what has to happen to lay the groundwork in an organization to have a people capability for what seems like continual change. What would a practitioner focus on?
To create a legitimate space to talk about people readiness, I introduced a strand called Human Sigma into our Six Sigma training. That way, we could apply some of the same rigor to analyze and impact people behaviors related to change projects. This was well-received. As a PhD student in Human and Organizational Systems at Fielding Graduate University, I also found my research topic.
My work indicates that there is an employee-built storehouse of capabilities related to organizational resilience that, if deliberately assessed and supported, can create a readiness for change, planned and unplanned, as a strategic resource. That storehouse, though, can be a quiet even hidden asset. I developed a survey process (10-minutes) with qualitative follow up to bring these workgroup level capabilities to light.
Now, I'm eager to find organizations willing to participate in this research in partnership with Fielding's Institute for Social Innovation. Since resilience is a strengths-based process, the study initiates a focus on strengths that can be intentionally leveraged now. This starts an appreciative conversation about the impact of change and the critical role of workgroup beliefs and behaviors. Do let me know if such a conversation could benefit an organization you know.
I recently had the pleasure of being a reviewer for this year's AOM submissions, which was a rich experience. Hope to see you all in Chicago!