New Ways of Working Network Investigates Organizational Culture at Upcoming Symposium

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New Ways of Working (NewWOW) Network's March symposium explores changes needed in organizational culture to support new ways of working. The symposium focuses on what aspects of organizational culture are required to enable effective new ways of working.

People are increasingly aware that some organizational cultures are supportive of new ways of working and some are not. We hope to get a better understanding of the preconditions for new ways of working, and how to create those conditions.

New Ways of Working Network’s next bi-annual symposium looks at Organizational Culture and New Ways of Working. The three-day event is scheduled for March 10th through 13th, 2013.

The symposium will focus on what aspects of organizational culture are required to enable effective new ways of working. Dr. Sumita Ragharum of Penn State is preparing a white paper/research summary to kick off the discussions. Her paper will address:

  •     The current state of the knowledge in the field of organizational culture, including relevant research of organizational cultural assessment and change.
  •     How must organizational culture change to support new ways of working?
  •     What are the best strategies for changing organizational culture for new ways of working?

NewWOW’s host at the meeting is QuickenLoans (QL), the nation’s largest online home lender and fourth largest retail lender. In 2010, QL moved their family of companies to the heart of Detroit’s central business district. With more than 7,000 team members working in downtown Detroit, QL is committed to playing a role in developing a new urbanism for Detroit where people want to live, work and play. QL’s creative, tech-focused company culture provides a backdrop for NewWOW’s deep exploration of the role culture plays in workplace design.

Members attending the symposium are thought leaders in new ways of working from diverse disciplines including the practical, corporate, and academic worlds. Costs for the symposium are included for NewWOW members, but all attendees pay US$350 for incidental meal costs. The fee for the symposium for non-members is US$900 plus the incidental meal fee for a total of US$1250. For more information, see http://www.newwow.net/node/3811.

“Our members participate in choosing the theme for each symposium,” said Jim Creighton, NewWOW’s Director. “This time the topic of organizational culture rocketed to the top. People are increasingly aware that some organizational cultures are supportive of new ways of working and some are not. We hope to get a better understanding of the preconditions for new ways of working, and how to create those conditions.”

About New Ways of Working Network
New Ways of Working Network (NewWOW) is a membership organization of thought leaders from companies and academia exploring research into new ways to organize work: how, where, when, and with what tools. Topics include distributed work (telework), environmental sustainability and work, cross-cultural work, innovation and productivity. Twice a year, NewWOW brings together experts from the intersection of architecture, workplace design, information technology, psychology, engineering, human resources, and organizational development to discuss a major theme in depth. Members take an interactive approach to workplace change, combining insights from corporate real estate, human resources, and information technology.

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