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Tuesday, July 24 • 11:15am - 12:00pm
Plenary: Javier Calvo-Almodio (Oregon State University) - Principles for designing human activity systems

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Dr Javier Calvo-Amodio
The scope, cost, and time needed to design and realize complex systems continues to rise as technological advances allow adding more functionality to our designs. While engineering organizations have achieved great success in design and realization of complex systems methods, they still encounter barriers when forming the human activity systems that will design, realize, and manage their complex engineered systems. Human activity systems exist within and act according to an organization’s purpose and context, and as such engender its culture. Consequently, creating an organizational culture capable of evolving because of changing organizational purpose or context is a critical requirement for success in any modern organization. An organization's culture emerges from the interaction between human activity systems, their purpose, and their context, while at the same time, the evolution of human activity systems is inhibited by the organization's culture and their context. This creates a discordance between how an organization thinks about what their culture is and how the organization must act consequently. In this presentation, we will explore the use of principles as a primary guide to manage the discordance between organizational thinking and doing, and therefore establish a foundation for designing and developing human activity systems that can adapt to ever-changing organizational contexts and purposes.

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Javier Calvo-Amodio

Assistant Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Oregon State University
Javier Calvo-Amodio is an assistant professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University, where he directs the Change and Reliable Systems Engineering and Management Research Group (CaRSEM). He received his Ph.D. in Systems and Engineering Management from... Read More →

Tuesday July 24, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
02 Cascade Ballroom Oregon State University, CH2M HILL Alumni Center, 725 Southwest 26th Street, Corvallis, OR, USA

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