Teamwork in a Digital Economy

Thursday, April 6, 2017, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Mastering teamwork is more important than ever in 2017. It's still at the heart of the well-performing organization, but with a difference. The digital economy is forcing companies large and small to become agile, with flexible and adaptable networks of teams. New technologies have also obliterated distances and time zones.

The same forces that unleash productivity can also cause major disruption. Employees know they can create value from outside the physical office, so employers can’t easily ignore their calls for more “open” and flexible work environments. What makes teams come together, or why individuals stay connected and engaged, must be continually revisited. To survive, companies must learn what drives highly-functioning teams made up of internal and external talent, while attending to the organizational design issues that hamper team performance. 

Our interdisciplinary panel of experts will debate how companies in this new environment can build a strong foundation of well-performing teams. Professor François Chiocchio will make the case for paying closer attention to the nuances of collaboration across different kinds of teams and tasks. He will present insights from his research on how team dynamics differ significantly depending on whether the team performs ongoing work (e.g., a service) or temporary work (e.g., a project). Professor Magda Donia will share some of the outcomes of her studies on global virtual teams, and consider how team members can use peer-feedback tools to gel more effectively across continents and cultures. Amir Rahnema of Deloitte will argue that some of the most adaptable companies are reinventing their teamwork in response to powerful trends in the digital economy. And Randy Giffen, MD, of IBM Canada will present his insights on teamwork dynamics from a corporate perspective.

Tim Lougheed, President, Canadian Science Writers’ Association

François Chiocchio, Associate Professor in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Management, Telfer School of Management and the Montfort Research Chair in the Organization of Health Services

Magda Donia, Assistant Professor in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Management, Telfer School of Management

Amir Rahnema, Global Organization Design Leader, Deloitte Canada and a coauthor of Deloitte annual’s report on human capital trends in Canada

Randy Giffen, Healthcare Solution Architect, IBM Canada

5:30 – 6:00 p.m. light refreshments will be served
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 pm. panel and discussion
7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. networking

Thursday, April 6, 2017
5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Telfer School of Management
Desmarais Building
DMS 4101
55 Laurier Avenue East
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5
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This event is open to the public and free to register.
RSVP deadline:
Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 5:30 p.m.

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Conrad McCallum
613-562-5800 ext. 2448

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