HR Network - Brexit: Organisation Design in times of Complexity & Uncertainty - with Naomi Stanford & Claire Wightman

Organisation design and redesign within government offers greater opportunity and challenge than ever before.  The need to balance business as usual, with existing transformation commitments and post-referendum requirements, combined with increasing levels of complexity and uncertainty  suggests we have reached a point where traditional approaches to design are too structured, resource intensive and unresponsive in the current political and operating environment.  At the same time, relying on creativity and experimentation alone will not provide a clear enough design for the future, nor a road map to get there. 

In this roundtable, Naomi Stanford and Claire Wightman, will present two different perspectives to design – one based in design thinking and the other in programme management. They will then open up a discussion to help identify some common themes and learning.


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  • Claire Wightman
    Claire is a Deputy Director within the Civil Service Expert Organisation Development and Design Team. Claire works with the top tiers of government to scope / design / implement major organisational change initiatives in a way that challenges perceived wisdom and explores innovation and new thinking. Claire is an expert in the field of Organisation Design and leads on developing and embedding design capability across the Civil Service. Claire's practice is systemic in approach and is informed by the need to take full account of an organisation's people and culture in order to enable sustainable change.  
  • Naomi Stanford

    Dr Naomi Stanford is an organization design practitioner teacher, and author. She is the author of a number of books: Organization Design: Engaging with Change, Organization Design, the Collaborative Approach, The Economist Guide to Organization Design, Organization Culture: Getting it Right and Organizational Health: An Integrated Approach to Building Optimum Performance.  Her new book Organization Design: A Practitioner’s Guide will be published in March 2018.

    During her earlier UK career she was a corporate employee of large multinational companies, including Price Waterhouse, British Airways, Xerox and Marks & Spencer where she was Head of Organization Design and Development. She then moved to the US working as an organization design consultant to a range of organizations in the government, non-profit and private sectors and provided consulting services to many organizations including, the American Red Cross, Shell, Gap, Commonwealth of Virginia, State of Maryland, World Bank, and the Federal Government General Services Administration. She has now returned to the UK to work as a lead organization designer in the UK government sector.

    Additionally,  writes articles, speaks at conferences, and tweets regularly on organization design

    Naomi is on the Advisory Boards of the CIPD, European Organization Design Forum, Organization Design Community, and Organization Design Forum (US).  She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

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