NDRO: Our network meeting in August

2014-10-10-netværksmøde to - foto - Anders Thiel

Concentrated participants in a previous network meeting in NDRO. Photo: Anders Thiel

by John Damm Scheuer
The 21 of august 2014 the Network for Robust Organizational Change discussed organizational change from an implementation and a translation perspective. Two cases were discussed: The implementation of the new Danish public school reform and the introduction of a system aimed at minizing risks of patients having their hip replaced in a clinic for orthopedic surgery.

PhD student Torsten Conrad from Aalborg University discussed implementation of strategy in relation to the implementation of the new Danish public school reform. Associate professor in organizational change John Damm Scheuer presented the case about the risk management system in order to illustrate the translation perspective.

Important factors in implementation science
Phd student Torsten Conrad from Aalborg University discussed implementation of strategy in relation to the implementation of the new Danish public school reform. He presented state-of-the-art discussions of implementation science and emphasized time and timing, knowledge and competences including education and training as well as relational conditions as important to the implementation process. He moreover pointed out the importance of management work in relation to the implementation process.

In particular Torsten Conrad emphasized that it is important for managers to focus on the professional output, teaching and learning in the middle of the change process, to lead and make sense of external conditions through environmental management, to facilitate organizational conditions that motivate individuals and relations, to stimulate processes toward goals and, to create and communicate clear goals that makes sense with, to and between actors.

Performative socio-technical system
Associate professor in organizational change John Damm Scheuer presented the case about the risk management system in order to illustrate the translation perspective. According to the actor-network inspired translation perspective presented the realization of innovative ideas like the risk management system depends on the types of work done by humans as well as non-humans – that is humans as well as physical objects and things.

It was suggested that such a system has to be built up as a performative socio-technical system where humans as well as non-humans/things needed for the system to produce the wished-for effects are “brought to work together” through a process of translation.

The building up of the risk-management system for hip patients in the clinic for orthopedic surgery was used to illustrate this point. Important consequences of the perspective is that the movement of ideas like the risk-management system is difficult and depends on local translation work, that ideas are realized in new ways every time they move and that such ideas effects are not the same across contexts and places. Another important conclusion was that attractive effects depend on local experiments, translation and bricolage.

Finally the network participants discussed and tried to make sense of the researchers’ presentations by discussing and comparing it to their own work/life experiences and practically obtained types of knowledge.

Read more:
*Read notes from the network-day here (in Danish): Noter fra netværksmøde d. 21. august 2014
*Read the official program of the day here (in Danish): Program for 4. møde i NDRO
*Læs mere om vores netværk på www.dht.ruc.dk/ndro

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