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Fielding Institute Invites Particpation in Organizational Change Workshop

Fielding University (www.fielding.edu) will be sponsoring a four day workshop on “Organization Dynamics Amid Frequent Change” with the United Nations World Food Program (UN WFP) from May 9 – 12, 2006 at Parco de Medici in Rome, Italy. They are inviting participants for the final two days (Thursday and Friday, May 11 and 12, 2006) of the workshop. If interested, please contact Dottie Agger-Gupta, Associate Dean for the Doctoral Program, at dotagger@fielding.edu for more information or to register for this exciting learning opportunity. To see a detailed description of the workshop, click on the link below.

Participants:
UN Professionals preparing or transitioning to managerial
and/or leadership positions;
Fielding students and Fielding alumni

Facilitators:
The Dean, Faculty, Alumni, and Students in the School of
Human and Organization Development at Fielding Graduate
University:
Dr. Bo Gyllenpalm, Dr. Fred Steier, Dr. Milton Lopes, Dr. Neils
Agger-Gupta, George Fedha, Dr. Charles McClintock,
Dr. Dottie Agger-Gupta, Joyce Owens-Smith, Cory Harris

AGENDA

Monday, May 8, 2006: Final Preparations by Fielding and UN
WFP.

Tuesday, May 9 & Wednesday, May 10: Organizational
Dynamics Amid Frequent Change

Facilitators:
George Fedha, Bo Gyllenpalm, Fred Steier, Niels Agger-
Gupta, Charles McClintock

Welcome and Introductions
The story of the United Nations World Food Program
Understanding the basics of our work together. We will
engage in a preliminary dialogue on the nature of our
engagement with each other, the importance of questions we
ask, the role of appreciative inquiry, and the World Café
process.

The dialogue and conversation on the issues of importance
to the UN World Food Program, based on the World Café
process, will continue throughout the entire workshop.
A special segment on Program Evaluation, with a focus on
evaluation strategies and techniques which promote
organizational development and positive change.
At the close of the workshop, we will review the next
steps, including the objectives and content of follow-
through reports and additional initiatives which may be
proposed by the participants.

Thursday, May 11: The Consequences of our Questions and
Ways of viewing Organizations

Facilitators: Fred Steier & Milton Lopes

On Thursday, we will begin with a review of the prior two
days, summarize the primary issues raised in the dialogue,
and learn more about the World Food Program.
Using a systems perspective, we will explore the
organizational impact of the questions we ask, the
consequences of questions which we do not ask, and the
perspective frames we use when we think about
organizations. We will consider the influence of these
issues within our own organizations. Together we will
consider alternative questions, frames, and models to
develop new organizational opportunities.

Building upon these conversations, we will consider ways of
evaluating theories of organization and management, to more
skillfully select those which address our questions and
lead to improved actions and practices. Drawing from the
experiences of the participants, we will explore a variety
of theoretical models from relevant disciplines such as
organizational and management theories, systems theories,
public administration and management, culture, values,
sustainability, technological changes, and civil society.
Friday, May 12, Sharing knowledge and crafting the report
to promote successful change.

Facilitators:
Dottie Agger-Gupta, Bo Gyllenpalm, Niels Agger-Gupta

On Friday, we will discover new questions and develop
additional frames as we work together to better understand
what exists today, share knowledge,and promote
successful planned change initiatives within our
organizations.

Working in small groups, we will write case studies based
our engagement with the World Food Program, highlighting
the questions asked within each case study. Some
participants may choose to write a case study on their own
organizations. Based on these questions, we may consider
additional theoretical models to help us build new
understandings, such as chaos and complexity, escalation
theory, and metaphorical analysis.

We will consider a model of large scale organizational
change by Fielding Alumna, Ruth Wagner, which acknowledges
differences in perspectives by key participants, based on
whether they are the developers or recipients of planned
change initiatives.

To conclude we will consider our next steps, based on the
interests and goals of the participants. Participants will
have the opportunity to contribute to the writing of the
Report for the World Food Program, complete an HOD
Knowledge Area, engage in an online seminar, and propose
other initiatives based on this experience.

INFORMATION SESSION
Saturday May 13, 10 am – 12 pm: Information Session for
Prospective Fielding students.

Presenters:
Dottie Agger-Gupta, Bo Gyllenpalm, Niels Agger-Gupta

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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