Managing Organisational Culture Renewal Programmes: The Role of Human Nature
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The culture of an organisation is the manifestation of the shared values, underlying beliefs and assumptions, of the individuals within it. Dysfunctional organisations have inappropriate cultures simply because they operate on incorrect assumptions about the real nature of human beings. Managers have attempted to radically transform their organisations into "healthier", more productive and viable corporations even though the methods employed for such cultural renewal may differ. Hear from Dr. Phil Harker on his unique insights into some important 'hidden variables' that play a key role in the likely success or failure of these organisational renewal programmes. Drawing on four decades of experience, both as an academic and 'embedded consultant' within a wide variety of organisations undergoing organisational change, Dr. Harker will highlight the largely unquestioned assumptions that managers hold regarding human nature, which affects the success rate of such organisational renewal programmes.
Dr. Phil Harker has spent the last thirty-five years lecturing and practicing in the fields of organisational, clinical, and educational psychology. For more than thirty years Phil has practiced as an organisational development consultant to a wide range of Government Departments and non-government corporations in Australia and New Zealand.
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Registered Applied Psychologist, Phil Harker & Associates Pty Ltd
Phil Harker has spent the last thirty-five years lecturing and practicing in the fields of organisational, clinical, and educational psychology, holding tenured positions at the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, and Griffith University. He was Chairman of the Board of Rivermount College 2001-2003. During 2005 – 2007, he was Executive/Academic Director responsible for the establishment of the Organisational and Personal Development Institute at the East-West Cultural Development Centre in Singapore, a not-for-profit arm of the IMC Pan Asia Alliance group of companies. From 2008 – 2012 he was involved full time in dispute resolution and the organisational-culture renewal programs at Babcock and Brown Power, and Stanwell Corporation.
This event is presented by The HEAD Foundation, a Singapore-based think tank devoted to research and policy influence in education and leadership, for development in Asia. Admission is free.