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PhD Thesis

Life is intensely social and to make change happen we need to change what do and say on a daily basis. This thesis explores the notion of social innovation as way of understanding how we transform the things people do and say within organizations.

No one accomplishes greatness by themselves. Making a difference in the world is an intensely social process. My thesis focuses on a unique approach to what I call Social Innovation. Social Innovations are all around us, but many people misuse the term. For example, when we hear the word 'social' we think social media or the charity sector. Additionally, when we hear social change we also tend to think about the charity sector. My background in organizational change has taught me that all innovation is social, all organizational change is social change.  

B Studio Lab

B Studio Project was built on the premise that if we can teach teenagers to solve complex problems, we can teach anyone models and approaches to addressing the worlds most complex challenges. As a result of this project, we have developed a robust curriculum for teaching approaches to addressing complex problems which is now being applied in a variety of contexts.

SIDELab

The SIDELab is a group of educators, students, consultants, public servants, designers and artists who are interested in understanding the intersections of Systems Thinking, Integrative Thinking, Design Thinking and Evaluative Thinking. We meet biweekly to explore what we call SIDE Thinking. We are currently in the midst of completing a book on the learning we have done for the past four years.

MSc Thesis

For my MSc, I was given the Best Thesis of the Year Award. In the thesis, I argue that development failures are attributable to failures in organizational change and management. The study challenged the dominant discourse of organizational studies. Specifically, I challenged notions of planned strategic approaches to change. The dissertation proposes a complexity informed perspective as an alternative to current approaches of understanding and working in organizations. My findings imply that current ways of understanding organizations need to be re-conceptualized to include a more reality informed perspective. This dissertation serves as evidence for the need for more research on organizational change that includes a complexity informed perspectives.

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