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3rd Monday Event

Invisible Architecture by Jenny Ure

Date: Monday, 21st May 2007
Time: 19:00 (tea & coffee available from 18:30)
Location: Novotel, Bostock Lane, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 4EP (map)
Price: Free! (non-members welcome)
Status: Went Ahead

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Many thanks to everyone who attended this event, and to Jenny Ure for providing the presentation for us. A copy of the presentation is available. To download a copy click here.

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"Invisible Architecture" addresses'socio-technical systems' and uses practical examples to highlight the potential for harnessing 'soft' factors to competitive advantage, and the pitfalls of ignoring them. A range of recurring scenarios will be presented to illustrate how the alignment (or misalignment) of people, processes and technology can impact on system performance. Many managers stress the lack of training on 'soft' issues, despite the fact that much of their day is spent dealing with them. The session will include case studies of e-business portals, supply chains and other networks including recent work with Grids in the context of e-Health. The aim is to highlight recurring socio-technical problems that CEOs and managers face, and some of the generic solutions which are emerging. As part of the session, there will be an opportunity to break out into groups to discuss possible responses to some of the typical socio-technical problems faced by one large UK financial services company when designing and rolling out an Intranet.

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About the Presenter

Jenny Ure is a psychologist currently working in the Social Informatics Cluster in the School of Informatics in Edinburgh University, researching collaboration in Grid based systems. Prior to this she was a Research Fellow in the Management of Technology at Edinburgh University Management School and a Visiting Research Fellow at Curtin University of Technology looking at the design and management of complex 'socio-technical' networks such as portals, intranets and supply chains in the financial services, software design, and the oil and gas sectors. She has a particular interest in strategies for the design and management of systems which align social, technical and organisational architectures to advantage - building the technology around the social process. Jenny is the co-author of the BCS book " Invisible Architecture " with Professor Gudrun Jaegersberg, who holds a chair in the Faculty of Economics at the University of Applied Sciences in Zwickau, and has worked in management education and industry in Germany, Italy and Brazil specialising in cross cultural issues in globalisation. Gudrun has been visiting professor to a range of universities in the UK, Finland, Italy and Brazil. She acquired her Phd in Humanities at Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil, and also has degrees from Westfälische Universität Münster, Germany and Bochum, Germany. Her current projects focus on the area of knowledge management in the supply chain: she is currently managing a research project on the analysis of the soft processes increasingly seen as affecting the competitiveness of the automotive supply chain in Saxony, German and Paraná, Brazil. Prior projects focus on the development of new teaching methods using ICTs (distance learning) and Benchmarking in HEC.

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