Back to the Drawing Board: Re-Designing Organisations for 21st-Century Challenges


How can new organisational models help maximise social impact?

How can we build an organisational culture that empowers all of its members to be effective changemakers, problem solvers and team collaborators? How can non-hierarchical models improve resilience and innovation in today’s fast changing world? What role should a leader play in a 21st century organisation?

In this session, we will explore these and more questions on new organisational models for social impact and co-develop tangible solutions with you.

We look forward to getting creative with you at the Turl Street Kitchen! Please find further details of the session below:

Change is not just happening around us, it is also happening inside our organisations. Whether for-purpose or for-profit, many of the most successful organisations of this century have pioneered and flourished on new organisational models that have departed from traditional, hierarchical structures where power, legitimacy and credibility are centralised and largely based on titles and positions.

In the new world, where rapid change is the only constant and organisations are required to be flexible, adaptable and resilient, flattened organisational models are at a significant advantage by empowering its members to be leaders and entrepreneurs in their own right. They are built on the principles of supportive leadership, a culture of empowerment and distributed power structures.

The benefits are manifold and have far-reaching ripple effects. Autonomy boosts creativity, flexibility boosts collaboration, leadership boosts action. Self-organising teams are known to have a stronger sense of ownership over their work while their diversity and agility lead to more innovative and effective solutions faster. Even behavioural biases were found to be less pronounced in this setting.

However, new organisational models come with their own set of challenges which we will explore in this session and aim to find tangible solutions for with you. In particular, we will explore how new leadership, organisational culture and operational structure have to be redefined in order to accelerate the transition process in existing organisations and help shape new organisations.

At the end of the session, you can expect to walk away with a good understanding of how new organisational models work, how they can help you grow your impact and how to implement them in your organisation all while co-creating new ideas, concepts and solutions which we will capture in a thought leadership piece in collaboration with a media partner and redistribute to all participants.

Tentative agenda:

30min: Introduction and inspiration from successful examples of new models

60min: Co-creation session exploring the details and challenges of new models

15min: Intermediate results sharing and regrouping according to key challenges

60min: Co-creation session with groups focused on one key challenge each

15min: Final results sharing of new insights and ideas from the co-creation session

Location

Turl Street Kitchen

16 Turl St, Oxford OX1 3DH, United Kingdom

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