By February 22, 2016

Paris 2016 Conference “Change in organisations: Art or Science?”

This year’s tCL Spring conference takes place in Paris from 8th to 10th April at the Maison Internationale, Cité Universitaire in the south of Paris.

Uranie_et_Melpomène_-_1680-1681_Louis_de_BoullogneThis time, we will be looking at understanding the contributions of risk, emotions, psychology, and emerging complexity to the totality of change. Is change something that we can plan for and take a scientific approach to? Or are all the best laid plans doomed to failure in a morass of emotional and psychological booby traps? The title speaks to the dichotomy between art and science as reflecting the opposing worlds of emotions and organisational planning.




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Dave Snowden will help us make sense of complexity in organisations. Dave is a pioneer in the application of complex adaptive systems theory, and in the development of narrative as a research method and he has developed a scientific approach to organisational decision-making, drawing on anthropology, neuroscience and complex adaptive systems theory.


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Marcel Zeelenberg will help us understand the impact of emotions on financial decision-making. Marcel is passionate about the relation between emotions and behaviour. He has undertaken extensive research into counterfactual thinking, appraisal processes, and behavioural decision-making. He is particularly interested in how specific emotions influence economic and consumer behaviours.


Elisabeth de la TourElisabeth de la Tour is a well-seasoned art historian who will show us the power of art applied to management topics such as coaching and change. Elizabeth will show us how we can use artistic metaphors by which art and artists illuminate a reflective methodology which can then be applied to our professional lives. Topics are as diverse as courage, networking and leadership.


Cecile picCécile Demailly  (tCL member and Chair of the tCL Board) will educate us on some of the latest developments in neuroscience and how change and the stress it brings impacts our brains. For the past 8 years, Cécile has developed expertise in the areas of technology adoption, and the impact of cognitive functions on change. She has focused on the latter to better understand resistance to change, and how individuals and groups can be assisted.


Hugo picHugo Marynissen (tCL member) will help us to manage disruptive change, and answer the question as to whether this is an appealing epiphany, or just wishful thinking.The focus of Hugo’s research is the relationship between risk communication and risk perception within so-called ‘High-Reliability Organisations’.


Cyrille picCyrille Comole-Theveniaud (tCL member) will demonstrate how emotionality shapes perceptions and coping reactions in disruptive situations.  Cyrille will expose the influence of perceptions on emotions and the impact on behaviour in disruptive situations and will also show how emotional modelling can help decision making.


This event is organised by Julie Mowinski (Event Director), Thea Hazel-Stals, Alexis Kummetat, Eamon Mulligan, and Lars Thuesen (Event Committee). Thanks also to the many suggestions we received from tCL members.


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About the Author:

Julie Mowinski is a communications professional, with broad global experience in the Information Technology sector – hardware, software, services and telecommunications. She has held roles in marketing, communications, and general management for companies in a number of different countries including Cisco, Software AG, Berg Electronics and Holland House. She has also been involved in acquisition negotiation, transformation, employee development, mentoring and inclusion & diversity. Having recently completed a Master’s degree in Consulting and Coaching for Change from the HEC business school in collaboration with the Saïd Business School at Oxford University, she is currently examining how to help companies capitalise on communication to drive successful change.

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