INSTRUCTIONS: Review each square for a working understanding of 16 disciplines which are somehow involved in Transorganizational theory and praxis. Press any Symbol on any Game Board Square on the Monopoly-style board that follows. You will find an overview of the disciplinary perspectives that construct a given square. Then press hot links to go to hundreds of other documents within each square. There are three levels of play and each square on the Gameboard is written to accommodate the three levels of play:
Level 1 - Novice Level - Rules of how TD Game is played in real world:
Level 2 -Masters Level - How to use TD Gameboard square , as pedagogical tool. If you are assigned here as part of a class project, then please become a Square Master (This can be done with a roll of the dice, digging into the material and finding how how that square works). In this way you can move from beginner to master levels of TD understanding, and sharing your understanding with other students of the game.
The purpose of Level 2 is for a class or workshop to compare and contrast the 16 approaches, and find their strengths and weaknesses. One option is for people in a class, section, or workshop to each take a different Gameboard square and propose how a network problem could be addressed using that methodology. A sample problem is how to TD to enhance the opportunity to bring Spaceport to New Mexico. There are many other networks and problems to address. However, you are only at the first level of TD knowledge where you explore the basic TD squares as if they had no inter-connections. This activity prepares one for Level 3.
Level 3 - Post-Ph.D. Level - Once you are familiar with all 16 squares, begin to craft hybrid approaches, taking the best from each. Most important, begin to do comparative research across methodologies.
The purpose of Level 3 play is to explore subterranean interdisciplinary (intertextual) strands connecting various squares into what Deleuze would term rhizomes. (Press here) for TD Rhizome Gameboard. Do not go until you explore this level of you will get lost and be eaten by a gnome.
Bookings and Engagements:
below for details
FOR David & Grace Ann's SUMMER 2000 WORKSHOP/TRAVEL ITINERARY (then press SEMINARS)
August, 1999 TD Theatrics and OD event at Academy of Management Meeting.
We also do workshops for doctorate programs in Large Systems Change, such as Benedictine University, Pepperdine University.
Workshop Manual and Outline we prepared for Pepperdine's Large Systems Change program in TD that you can printout (press here).
March 3-4, 2000 TD Gameboard Workshop for York Hospital in Maine.
April, 2000 TD Gameboard Network Diagnosis for PSL Labs in New Mexico
May 7-9, 2000 TD Gameboard Workshop at Harvard Club in Boston.
June-July, 2000 Teaching TD Processes at Lille University, France
July, 2000 Teaching TD Processes in Graff, Austria
July, 2000 Teaching TD Processes in Rotterdam, Holland.
August, 2000 TD Postmodern Theatrics of Carnival, Spectacle and Festival will be a special Organizational Development And Change division (Academy of Management) workshop in Toronto. We will be working with the Toronto-based Theater of the Oppressed to put on this workshop.
TD ICEND© DIAGNOSIS, PROCESS CONSULTATION AND EVALUATION TOOLS:
TD Consultation - The ICEND Model ICEND© = Interactive, Communicative, Experiential, and Network Development.
ICEND DIAGNOSIS TOOLS
1. ICEND - People interact and communicate in networks through stories. We therefore begin with a "Narrative Frames Diagnosis." The first part of ICEND© is Interactive Communication. We look at the narrative styles of the stakeholders to the network. We assess the interplay of bureaucratic, quest, chaos and postmodern narrative frames.
Storytelling Organizations and TD Networks are hybrids of four narrative frames
Read the tutorials on fill out a Narrative Diagnosis:
I will send you the results.
Bureaucratic Narrative Chaos Narrative Quest Narrative Postmod Narrative
Ante Narrative (the bet you can tell a story that will change the world).
Rather than pigeon hole an entire organization and its storytelling systems into one or the other, we look at how these four ideal types of organizational narrative interact and interpenetrate one another. We include an easy to use Web-base story sharing tool so that text can be collected from EVERYONE in the organization and across the networks with anonymity. We then set about the task of analyzing the stories to get a read of the network dynamics in play. Storytelling Organization theory suggests that as multiple storytellers, including multiple organizations, interact, they memorialize and selectively forget history. (Narrative Frames). Storytelling is important because of questions about who participates, whose voices get heard, and who decides for the Interorganizational domain the collective story that will be told. Stakeholder from differing narrative frames need to understand in order to interact.
2. ICEND - Deconstruction. We use eight deconstruction communicative approaches to look at issues of hierarchy and power in the communication patterns among stakeholders to emergent or reforming TD network. Networks are constructing and self-deconstructing all the time, with our without our analysis. We identify the forces and movements of construction and deconstruction. The analysis looks at hierarchies of power, privileging of one over another, and ends with a "resituation," how to reconstruct. Unlike so-called negative deconstruction approaches, ours includes resituating the hierarchies in order to facilitate new relationships to power - (Deconstruction Tutorial).
3. ICEND - Holon Scan. This is part of the hands-on experiential part of ICEND©. A "holon" is Greek for "whole/parts" meaning literally the whole that is simultaneously a part, and vice versa. Transorganization is the holon of how many organizations we are a part of from multiple work organizations, such as professional associations, suppliers, customers, vendors, subcontractors, Chamber of Commerce, etc. on to our volunteer relations in religious and civic organizations. Transorganization is also composed of sub-holons and emerging, deconstructing, and recomposing holons and subholons. This activity of holon decomposing and novelty creation accelerates in the postmodern world of global commerce, virtual work on the Internet, and the mobility our great grandparents did not face. This is an on-site process in which we invite participants in the network to work in small groups to construct visual and theatric images of their (Holons Tutorial and Exercise).
ICEND PROCESSES OF NETWORK DEVELOPMENT
4. ICEND - ICEND© Network Development (ND) has already begun with an effective narrative frame, deconstructive (and reconstructive), and holon scan. We convene three subsystems in ND. First, the outside process consultants works to continue the diagnosis, specify patterns of involvement, and design the intervention, support system and overall evaluation methods.. Second an internal network team (those seeking change in the network) is convened to crystallize issues, locate additional stakeholders, engage in search conferences and focus groups, etc. in order to convene a temporary organization. Third, the first two subsystems (consulting team and temporary organization) work to bring about change in the larger interorganizational field. This includes identifying and modifying resource patterns and communication relationships in the initial and extended or target network (Press Here for summary of the process). (Chart of the Three Subsystems). (Chart of Subsystem Two of ICEND© ).
5. ICEND - ICEND© can also involve forms of ND that do restorying work. "The basic theme of Narrative Therapy is that "the person is not the problem, the problem is the problem." It is applicable for groups, individuals, communities organizations and TD networks. The approach developed by Michael White and David Epston holds that the knowledge and stories (narratives) emanating from their culture, community and experiences of stakeholders shape the storytelling system as well as what we call "collective memory." Restorying has to do with learning to tell a different story of network past, present, and future. Different networking stories are possible, even about the same collective events. How we currently story the network is our starting point, and how we restory it into a preferred collective future is our ending point. is increasingly being applied to organizational studies (Barry, 1997; Barry & Elmes, 1997; Boje et. al, 1997). If “storytelling is the preferred sensemaking currency of human relationships among internal and external stakeholders” (Boje, 1991a: 106), then surely large system change and storytelling are related in many ways (press here).
6. ICEND - ICEND© can also involve forms of ND that do ICEND Theater workshops. What is TD ICEND Theater (TD-ICEND-Theater)? Our TD ICEND Role Playing Workshop includes what we call the TAMARA NETWORK. TAMARA networks assemble multiple and many-voiced (polyphonic) stakeholder organizations for some dynamic interaction. We roll up our selves and work with the network participants to compose new patterns of relationship. A TAMARA network has multiple, parallel story logics that can make networks sluggish and conflict-ridden. A TAMARA network can be exercises in workshops to fashion more flexible links among stakeholders. In TAMARA storytellers chase competing storylines and logics. We put those logics on the stage. Different storytellers story the network dynamics differently based upon their net-position and their unique experience in network patterns. How it works? We start by collecting repetitive stories of problematic dynamics, coach stakeholders on how to stage them to a stakeholder audience, do stop-action critical postmodern self-reflective critique, and end with staging restoried scriptings of improved collective dynamics. TD ICEND© Theatrics Workshops and labs benefit corporations, community organizations, educational institutions as well as supply chain networks, industries, and other multi-stakeholder groups who want to rescript their networking relations. We Think ICEND-Theatrics is a great tool for changing entrenched and problem-ridden stakeholder network dynamics. We assemble the players and help them to act out network dynamics, then restory those dynamics using postmodern theatrics. Postmodern theatrics can be applied to TD networking dynamics to make political economy of collective strategy more visible and to get our hands around how to improve relationships. The network is polyphonic (multi-voiced) and polysemous (many meanings). And we ask some very tough questions:
"Who gets to script the TD strategy?
How are collective dynamics linked to power?
Who is marginalized in the writing and revisions of networking scripts?
What plotline is being collectively enacted?
How can problem-saturated plotlines be restoried and rescripted? into more productive relationships"
ICEND PROCESSES OF NETWORK EVALUATION
7. ICEND NET-SIM - Finally, we do ICEND and NET-SIM assessment studies of large system multi-organizational change efforts. Evaluation occurs all through the diagnosis and into ND. Our approach is to collect multiple readings of a system change effort over time to give clients and consultants and understanding of the on-going unfolding impact of their network change strategies. We start with an understanding of Network Organizing. Applications include the assessment of collaboration in Competitor Alliances and Supply Chain networks. NET-SIM is a specialized tool we are developing in cooperation with the Physical Science Lab at New Mexico State. We offer TD ICEND NET-SIM Training for Multi-organization Stakeholder systems attempting to just understand their Network Dynamics as they do TD work. This approach is suited to strategic planning in multi-firm environments and to evaluations of dollars being spent on large systems change. We use a combination of domain story (Narrative Frames) gathering sessions throughout the Network, story-sharing sessions, and mapping of NETWORK SIMULATIONS. We are currently working to develop "NET-SIM" programs. With NET-SIM we can analyze complexity and chaos collective dynamics of large networks. Try some examples of other SIM routines (press here) and (here). This is one of my favorites (press here). You can draw the nodes, set up lines of relationship, set up weights and run several simulations of the network. NET-SIM goes beyond this. We uniquely combine domain story networking analysis with NETWORK SIMULATION transaction pattern analysis. How? We go into the field, collect the narratives and observations of network linkages, then work with NET-SIM to run the simulation of the dynamics. Ask us and we'll tell you more.
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