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Making Sense of Organisational Dynamics

Making sense of Organisational Dynamics

OD as an ongoing conversation with compulsively-communicating organisations

How do organisations “speak” to OD practitioners? How do OD practitioners make sense of this on-going conversation? How do stories, documents, artworks and buildings share, hide, control, edit or disseminate particular meanings? This session explores the verbal and non-verbal ways in which organisations create themselves, and explores ways in which OD practitioners can make sense of organisational dynamics.

The session also includes a short overview of the European Group for Organization Science (EGOS) Annual Conference, taking place in Italy, July ’16. Titled “Organising in the shadow of power,” the concept of power, and its centrality in any form of organising, is the central topic of the 2016 conference. EGOS is a scholarly association that creates space for critical voices and analytical approaches to study organisations worldwide.

We’ll have a conversation about what leading academics are saying about “organisation,” what we are learning about leadership, paradox, change, creativity and innovation, and what disorder and drama signify in organisational life.

What will participants get out of the session? (Key take aways)

  • Explore multi-sensory sensemaking tools that can help practitioners be more reflexive about their own sensemaking habits, and expand their “powers” to make sense of organisational life.
  • Learn about some of the core themes, controversies and innovative perspectives currently in play in academia, and explore what this means for OD practice.
  • Connect to cutting-edge perspectives on organisation in the shadow of power from the international EGOS conference


Session Details:

Date: 27th July 2016
Venue: WorldsView Academy, 150 Kelvin Drive Johannesburg
Members: Inclusive of membership fee.
Non-members: R350
NPO/ Pensioners/ Students: R250


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Our Collaborator: Lindie Botha

Lindie Botha's pictureLindie Botha has worked in the development sector since 1998, gaining experience in Europe, West, East and Southern Africa. She has designed, implemented and evaluated award-winning projects and worked successfully with a variety of international donors. She has assisted organisations in South Africa to create evidence-based programs, to exhibit and market their work at international platforms, to expand funding sources and to run their organisations more effectively. Lindie is currently completing a PHD that focuses on how organisations engage with complex social and environmental issues.