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Posted 11.11.05

Some of the world’s leading scholars and practitioners in the fields of industrial, graphic, organizational and information systems design will gather at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management to exchange ideas and explore positive approaches for improving the way they work.

The event bringing them together is a workshop, “Designing Information and Organizations with a Positive Lens”, to be held November 11-12 in the Peter B. Lewis building. The workshop is co-sponsored by The Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit and Weatherhead’s Information Design Studio. Its central theme is the potential contribution and role of a positive lens to the design of information and organizations.

“Our purpose in organizing this workshop is not just to learn from each other, but to view our work through a ‘positive lens,’ focusing on our individual and organizational strengths, rather than trying to fix problems,” explained Michel Avital, assistant professor in the department of information systems at the Weatherhead School and a co-chair of the workshop.

“Management and related disciplines are in the midst of a shift toward emphasizing a positive approach to our ability to design better organizations and technologies,” Avital added. This shift affects the way managers and policymakers frame their thinking as they shape their organizations. This is the concern of our workshop”

Some of the topics for discussion over the two days will be “Change with a Positive Lens,” “Design for Sustainable Value,” “Leading Globally: Designing the World We Want to Live In,” and “The Four-Stage Revolution in Design.” Weatherhead professors Richard Boland, David Cooperrider, and Kalle Lyytinen will join Avital in facilitating the workshop. They seek to encourage a dialogue among the disciplines involved in design and organizational action and to explore and develop the potential of using a positive lens in information and organization design by engaging trans-disciplinary dialogue on theories of design and positive change processes in human systems.

Among the speakers will be Nancy Adler, professor of international management at the Faculty of Management, McGill University in Montreal, Canada, Richard Buchanan, professor of design and former head of the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University, where he also directs the Center for Design and Organizational Change; Chris Laszlo, a partner and co-founder of Sustainable Value Partners, Inc., and Jessica Lipnack and Jeffrey Stamps, co-founders of NetAge, Inc.

For more information call (216) 368-2144 or e-mail design@case.edu.

By Janet Roberts



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