We are very pleased to announce that the annual meeting of the Global Network for SmarT Organization Design will indeed be held in September 2021 and hosted by the Norwegian Design Team. This will be a unique ‘hybrid’ event that combines an in-person gathering in Trondheim, Norway, with presentations joined by lively virtual meetings among participants across international time zones. Please stay posted for program details as early as possible in Spring 2021!


Academy of Management

The Academy of Management (AOM) is the preeminent global association devoted to management and organization research, and the oldest and largest community of management and organization scholars in the world. Since its beginning in 1936, AOM has evolved from an organization of 10 members to an organization of over 19,000 members from nearly 120 nations. Read more about the Annual Meeting 2020 and view video presentations made by Members of the Global Network for SMART Organization Design on “Recent Trends in Development of an Integral Sociotechnical Perspective”.

The Norwegian STS Webinar Series, September 21 & 29 2020



Webinar 1 September 21: Contextual introduction to the Norwegian sociotechnical tradition

Webinar 2 September 29: Conceptual introduction to the Norwegian sociotechnical tradition

Complete program here

News from Germany!

Workshop on agile – lean – socio-technical: concepts and procedures for work and organizational design in digitization processes, Oct 1, 2019, Dortmund/Germany

In the present era of digitalization, agile and lean management oriented approaches are widely salient in current debates on work organization while there is a selective (re-)discovery of socio-technical approaches. There is a large number of published conceptual sources and the range of practical implementation approaches is even much more diverse and hybrid. In order to contribute to a clarification of concept focuses and differences, the Institute for Work, Skills and Training (University of Duisburg-Essen) and the German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) jointly organized an expert workshop on October 1, 2019 in Dortmund, Germany.

More information here

Alexander Bendel, Erich Latniak & Lilia Werner.

Institute for Work, Skils, and Training (IAQ), University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

These workshops are activities within the joint project “Work and process-oriented digitization in industrial companies (APRODI)” which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the European Social Fund (2017-2020).

Global Network for SmarT Organization Design Norway meeting 2020 rescheduled

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our meeting in Norway of the Global Network for SmarT Organization Design has been rescheduled to September 2021. In the meantime, during this year 2020, the Norwegian Design Team will provide Webinar(s) and background information to help prepare us all for an exciting meeting in 2021. Please stay posted for more details!

Global Network for SmarT Organization Design

Based on Socio-Technical systems design and like-minded organizational theories and practices for the 21st century

[SmarT] = Co-creation of organizations as systems that thrive in this digital age with Everyone involved in control, improvement and innovation for high performance in Productivity, Quality of Working Life and Human Relationships.

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. - Albert Einstein

Upcoming event network meeting in Trondheim 8-11 September 2020