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The Redesigning and Redefining Work Summit (RRW) is an INVITATION ONLY summit at Stanford University to present new and innovative research and generate dialog among diverse perspectives to create a new platform for the design and definition of work for the twenty-first century.  The RRW Summit will bring together one hundred and fifty top academic researchers, corporate leaders, policy makers, and media representatives to set a research-based agenda for redesigning work.
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Thursday, November 7 • 3:10pm - 3:30pm
Martin N. Davidson, Darden Graduate School of Business

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The Problem of Redesigning and Redefining Work: And That’s Why Change is So Slow
For many companies, the prospect of redefining and redesigning work is experienced as a problem so complex that it creates profound anxiety and inertia. This anxiety stems from the threat to organizational, cultural, and personal values of what constitutes—and who can perform—the work. To mobilize and sustain change, leaders must frame substantive work redesign not as a problem, but as a strategic opportunity that furthers the fundamental purpose of the organization. Such reframing can be difficult since it requires personal and organizational insight and analysis. But once it occurs, opportunities for experimentation emerge that can enhance performance and transform the nature of work.

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Martin N. Davidson

Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior, University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business
Dr. Martin N. Davidson is Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business. He teaches, researches, and consults with leaders in the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia on how they can use diversity strategically to generate superior business performance. His research appears in Administrative Science Quarterly, Harvard Business Review, Research on Negotiation in... Read More →

Thursday November 7, 2013 3:10pm - 3:30pm
McCaw Hall, Stanford Alumni Center 326 Galvez Street, Stanford