The 2005 Management Conference will feature plenary session addresses by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field of management, as well as numerous parallel presentations by researchers and practitioners.

Garden Conversation Sessions

Main speakers will make formal 30 minute presentations in the plenary sessions. They will also participate in 60 minute Garden Conversation sessions at the same time as the parallel sessions. The setting is a circle of chairs outdoors. These sessions are entirely unstructured - a chance to meet the plenary speaker and talk with them informally about the issues arising from their presentation.

The Speakers

  • Maris O'Rourke

  • Maris O'Rourke is an International Education Consultant and a Director of in New Zealand. Her main area of expertise is the political economy of reform and, in particular, how to implement change successfully in both the public and private sector. She takes a professional and practical approach to solutions, without overlooking the personal and political influences. She combines toughness, charm and enthusiasm with persistence and clarity of purpose.

    Maris was Director of Education for The World Bank 1995 – 2001. For the seven years prior to that, in NZ, she was, first, one of six Executive Directors in the Implementation Unit designing the extensive public service and administrative reforms, and then the first Secretary for Education and Chief Executive of the Ministry of Education for the new system. She was responsible for managing a budget of $4.3 billion and an asset base of $5.1 billion. During this time she was one of the architects and implementers of New Zealand's program of education reforms.

    Her international experience is wide-ranging. She has worked on Russia, Brazil, Chile, the Caribbean, Mexico, The Philippines, Indonesia, Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, Guinea, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Botswana, Rwanda, Cote d'Ivoire, Madagascar, Senegal, Malawi, South Africa, Thailand, Viet Nam, the USA and a range of OECD countries. The work was varied and widespread e.g. assessing the quality of Education programmes in Guinea, Madagascar; providing policy advice to Ministers in Brazil, Cote d’Ivoire, South Africa; implementing a new curriculum in Egypt, a girls Secondary education programme in Tanzania, ICT and ECD in the Caribbean and community financing in Jordan; trouble-shooting in Rwanda, Uganda; reviewing the Education system in Russia and so on.

    Her most recent pieces of work were for the Arab Republic of Egypt 'A Comparison of the Proposed Curriculum Framework for Secondary Education (General and Technical) in the Arab Republic of Egypt with 8 other countries (Australia, England, France, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and the USA)' and for the UK Department for Education and Skills ‘The Effects of International Approaches to Further Education (FE) Provider Specialisation’. She is currently completing an independent review of an Education project in Viet Nam for The World Bank.

  • Dave Snowden

  • Dave Snowden is Director of the Cynefin Centre for Organisational Complexity, United Kingdom. He has been one of the leading figures in the movement towards integration of humanistic approaches to knowledge management with appropriate technology and process design. Well known for his work on the role of narrative and sensemaking, he is an entertaining speaker and a formidable realist, and one of the few thought leaders who can bring together the academic and practitioner perspectives into a single, comprehensible purview.

    The Cynefin Centre for Organizational Complexity focuses on the development of the theory and practice of social complexity. The Centre spun off from IBM in July 2005 to allow it greater freedom to explore new transdiciplinary and participatory approaches to research and the creation of an open source approach to management consultancy. The Cynefin framework which lies at the heart of the approach has been recognized by several commentators as one of the first practical application of complexity theory to management science and builds on earlier pioneering work in Knowledge Management.

    A native of Wales, he was formerly a Director in the IBM Institute for Knowledge Management where he led programmes on complexity and narrative. He pioneered the use of narrative as a means of knowledge disclosure and cross-cultural understanding. He is a leading keynote speaker at major conferences around the world and is known for his iconoclastic style, pragmatic cynicism and extensive use of stories to communicate what would otherwise be difficult concepts. Tom Stewart, the new editor of Harvard Business Review in his latest book states in the context of tacit knowledge "Dave Snowden, the best thinker I've found on the subject ..." although by way of counter he also comments "he is Welsh and a bit mad".

    Dave Snowden has an MBA from Middlesex University and a BA in Philosophy from Lancaster University. He is adjunct Professor of Knowledge Management at the University of Canberra, an honorary fellow in knowledge management at the University of Warwick, Adjunct Professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and MiNE Fellow at the Universita Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore in Italy. He teaches on various university programmes throughout the world. He regularly consults at the board level with some of the world's largest companies as well as to Government and NGOs and was recently appointed as an advisor on sense making to the Singaporean Ministry of Defence. In addition he sits on a number of advisory and other bodies including the British Standards Institute committee on standards for Knowledge Management.

  • Chryssi Vitsilaki

  • Chryssi Vitsilaki is Dean of the School of Humanities at the University of the Aegean. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and research interests in the sociology of education and gender studies.

    Her books include School and Work (Athens, 2002) and The All-Day School (Athens 2002).

    She co-ordinates an innovative, mixed mode masters program at the University of the Aegean which examines workplace change, adult learning and gender.

  • Gerassimos Kouzelis

  • Gerassimos Kouzelis is Associate Professor of Philosophy of Science and Sociology of Knowledge at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Athens. Born in Athens, Gerassimos Kouzelis completed studies in Sociology and Philosophy at the Philipps University of Marburg (1972-1978), and postgraduate (Ph.D.) studies in Sociology and Philosophy at the Social Sciences Department of the Goethe University of Frankfurt (1979-1985), gaining a Ph.D. degree in 1986.

    His research areas are the epistemology and methodology of the social sciences, ideology, propaedeutics and argumentation, university teaching and curricula planning, adult education, social politics, immigration and representations of the “other”, poverty, social acceptance of technology and information technologies, minorities.

    His publications include:
    - Das symbolische Mehrprodukt. Entwurf einer Rekonstruktion der Autoritätsthematik der Kritischen Theorie , Frankfurt a.M. 1985.
    - From the World of Experience to the World of Science. On the Social Reproduction of Knowledge, Athens 1992.
    - (ed.) Philosophy of Science. A Reader, Athens 1993.
    - (ed.) Discipline and Knowledge, Athens 1994.
    - Die Propädeutik am Beispiel der Leherausbildung. Eine Dokumentation, Frankfurt a.M. 1996.
    - (ed.) Philosophy of Social Sciences. A Reader, Athens 1996
    - Critical Theory today, Athens 2000
    - (ed.) Reading and Writing. On the Use of Language in Science, Athens 2001
    - (ed.) In-use Knowledge, Athens 2004
    - (ed.) Knowledge of New Technologies, Hamburg 2005

  • Stavros Ioannides

  • Stavros Ioannides is Associate Professor of Economics at the Department of Political Science and History, Panteion University, Athens, Greece. His research focuses on Austrian Economics, evolutionary and institutional economics and the theory of the firm.

    He is the author of The Market, Competition and Democracy: A Critique of Neo-Austrian Economics, Edward Elgar, (1992). He has coedited Evolution and Path Dependence in Economic Ideas: Past and Present (2001) with Pierre Garrouste, and European Collaboration in Research and Development: Public Policy and Business Strategy (2003), with Yannis Caloghirou and Nicholas Vonortas, both published by Edward Elgar. His articles include: “Towards an Austrian Perspective on the Firm”, Review of Austrian Economics, 11, (1999), The Market, the Firm and Entrepreneurial Leadership, Revue d’ Ēconomie Politique, 109, (1999), “Owners, Managers, and Entrepreneurship in the Corporate Firm”, Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines, XII, (2002). Orders and Organizations: Hayekian Insights for a Theory of Economic Organization, The American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 62, 3, (2003).

  • Haridimos Tsoukas

  • Professor Tsoukas teaches courses in the areas of Organizational Behavior and The Management of Change. He has taught at Manchester Business School (1988-1990), Warwick Business School (1990-1995), and the University of Cyprus (1995-1998).

    His research focuses on the management of organizational change and the management of social reforms; on organizational learning, interpretation, and knowledge management; on social systems design, especially from a post-rationalist perspective, including developments in second-order cybernetics, complexity and chaos science, and autopoiesis; on a critical appreciation of the social changes associated with the information society; and the relation between thinking and acting in organized contexts, approached from a hermeneutical and post-analytical philosophical perspective.

    Professor Tsoukas' research has been published in several leading academic journals such as Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Interfaces, Organization Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Organization, Journal of the Operation Research Society, Human Relations, etc. His paper (with Professor D.B. Papoulias), Understanding Social Reforms: A Conceptual Analysis, has been awarded the President's Medal for 1996 by the Operational Research Society (UK). He has edited a book entitled New Thinking in Organisational Behaviour: From Social Engineering to Reflective Action, Butterworth/Heinemann, 1994, Oxford. He is co-author (with Professor D.B. Papoulias) of a book entitled Guidelines for Reforming the State , Kastaniotis, 1998, Athens (in Greek).

    Professor Tsoukas is co-editor (with Professor Mike Reed) of the Organization, Theory and Society book series published by Sage (London), and editor of the Management book series published by Kastaniotis, Athens. He is also co-editor of the academic journals Organization and Organization Studies. He sits on the editorial board of Organization Studies, Human Relations, and Emergence. He is a member of the American Academy of Management and the European Group of Organization Studies, of which he is a national rep in Greece.

    Professor Tsoukas has been actively involved in executive education. He has coordinated and/or taught executive education courses for British Steel, Nestle, Reed-Elsevier, NHS, Macedonia Thrace Bank, AB Vassilopoulos, Kraft- Jacobs Hellas etc.

  • Rod Dilnutt

  • Rod Dilnutt is the Managing Director of William Bethwey & Associates. He has wide experience in the private sector and at all levels of the public sector gained in Australia, Europe and the Asia Pacific region.

    With over twenty years experience in information technology and business practices gained in management and consulting positions Rod applies his practical knowledge and expertise to his consulting assignments and is retained in advisory capacity by many leading organisations.

    He has led the development of over twenty Knowledge Management Strategies and has been involved across a broad range of knowledge management solutions. This experience includes involvement in the analysis, design and implementation of Document Management, Records Management, Portal technologies, Search and Retrieval Systems, Imaging, Workflow and Collaborative Systems.

    Rod is also an active thought leader in knowledge management. He has completed a Doctorate in Business Administration focussing on knowledge management and also holds an M.B.A. and post-graduate teaching qualifications. Rod is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Mebourne where he lectures in Knowledge Management in the Master of Knowledge Management and Master of Business Information Systems Degrees. He has published a number of research articles and supervises industry based research programmes. Because of this broad experience he is also a regular presenter at conferences and workshops around the Asia-Pacific region.

  • Claudia Schmitz

  • Claudia Schmitz is the founder of Cenandu Learning Agency in 2002 and works with other specialised facilitators and consultants in the field of change teams towards strategy.

    Claudia started research in Knowledge Management in 1997. She focused on the human aspect concerning knowledge sharing and communities of practise. Due to the tool Tango she went to Celemi and worked there from 1998 until 2002 as consultant and trainer. Besides other clients, she worked for the DaimlerChrysler Corporate University to implement a new view towards knowledge, people development and the necessary structures and processes.

    Coming from the PR-field, Claudia got her insight in companies from her experience as being director communication. From 1990 on she has worked with companies such as the German Automobile Club ADAC, the Postbank, and the recycling company Dual System, better known as 'The Green Dot', and the telephone company Mannesmann Arcor. Most of these companies went through mergers and big changes during that time.

  • Martyn Laycock

  • Martyn Laycock, MBA MCIM ACIB, is a Chartered Marketer and is an experienced knowledge, change and project management consultant working with a variety of organizations, large and small, public and private. Since 1995 he has become deeply involved in Knowledge Management and has worked with a number of organisations on knowledge-driven change programmes requiring an integrated mix of external and internal communications.

    Martyn is an Associate of the European Knowledge Group where within a network of ten other practitioners he has access to a wide variety of change, culture and knowledge focused tools and techniques that help organisations plan and implement successful change and knowledge-based programmes.

    Over the last 15 years he has researched knowledge management, e-learning and change management; he lists Unipart, Xerox, Automobile Association, Thorn Lighting, Granada Television, Porsche UK, Tallent Engineering and award-winning SME Dutton Engineering amongst the many research/case-studies that he has developed. He has had a number of studies, papers and book reviews published over the last 10 years in books, journals and on the Internet.

    In 2002 Martyn became Project Director of the innovative London Knowledge Network, a collaborative not-for-profit knowledge-focused concept that supports London’s strategy for achieving sustainable competitive advantage in the knowledge-based economies.

    In 2003 he was a key player in the launch of “London Enterprise”, an innovative new two-day integrated event featuring innovation and enterprise in and around London, “world-city”.