25. Januar 17 - Louis Klein presentation at WOSC Conference "Systems Analytics for Systemic Change"
The future of change managements lies in in the connection of experienced change practices and complexity simulation (Systems Analytics). Building on numerous publications on systems analytics and systemic change, the SEgroup exposes their approaches yet again to academic critique at the WOSC conference in Rome.
5. December 14 – "What the hell is Systemtheorie?" Louis Klein asks in ZOE
"What the hell is Systemtheorie?" reads the headline of a polemic written by Louis Klein in the upcoming edition of “Zeitschrift Organisationsentwicklung” (ZOE). He poses the question if the German "Systemtheorie" will ever give up its self-elected isolation to become part of the international discourse in System Sciences. The January edition of ZOE is published on January 16th.
14. November 14 – Systemic Excellence Group eG founded: SEgroup is now a registered cooperative
The Systemic Excellence Group is now an officially registered cooperative, eG under German law. Our consortial partners will purchase cooperative shares over time. This principle of fairness applies to the cooperation within the group and also in our work for our clients. This form of cooperation, which we have consciously chosen, can be best achieved as a cooperative.
8. October 14 – SEgroup Consortial Partners at the IPMA World Congress in Rotterdam
Die Consortial Partner of the SEgroup used the 28th World Congress of the International Project Management Association (IPMA) at the beginning of October in Rotterdam as a platform for discussion and scientific exchange. Five of SEgroup’s CPs are assessors with IPMA, what is more the group is active in training assessors.
1. October 14 – Louis Klein at the ICCPM-Conference in Paris
Louis Klein is taking part in the 5th annual conference of the International Centre for Complex Project Management ICCPM. The conference is taking place on October 7th and 8th in Paris. Experts convene to address the overarching subject "Delivering Once in a Generation: Transformational Capital and Non-Capital Intensive Programmes".
10. September 14 – Louis Klein at the 6th Concept Symposium for Project Governance in Oslo
Louis Klein has been invited by the Norwegian Ministry of Finance to participate in the 6th Concept Symposium for Project Governance which takes place on the 25th of September in Oslo. At the symposium experts discuss new trends in project management, experiences and develop new best practices.
10. August 14 – Louis Klein invited as an expert to Club of Rome-Workshop on Decoupling
Louis Klein is one of 40 experts invited to a workshop on decoupling held jointly be the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy and the Club of Rome from August 27th to 29th at Schloss Herrenhausen near Hannover. The three-day-workshop is a forum for scientific exchange and the drafting of a study programme. With ISSS-President Ray Ison and others Louis Klein discusses systemic approaches to sustainable economics.
15. July 14 – Louis Klein Keynote Speaker at the ISSS Conference “Learning Across Boundaries”
Louis Klein is one of the Keynote Speakers at the 58th Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS), from July 27th to August 1st in Washington, DC. The conference’s motto is "Learning Across Boundaries: Exploring the Variety of Systemic Theory and Practice". His keynote tackles the subject of Systemic Entrepreneurship as illustrated by the experiences of the SEgroup.
10. June 14 – SEgroup part of E&T AC Programme Sounding Board of IPMA in Valencia
Louis Klein and Tikajit Rai are members of the Education & Training Sounding Board for IPMA's Accreditation Centre Programme in Valencia. During two intense days in Valencia, on June 17th and 18th the nine members of the sounding board discuss the E&T programme's content and aims.
28. May 14 - Louis Klein Keynote Speaker at the HSSS in Athens
Louis Klein is delivering one of the keynote speakers at the 10th Conference of the Hellenic Society for Systemic Studies (HSSS) on May 29th and 30th in Athens, "Systemic Entrepreneurship – Innovation, Business, Growth" being this year’s overarching subject. Louis Klein talks about the Systemic Excellence Group's "Radical Learning Journey" as an example of entrepreneurical systemic change.
8. May 14 - Louis Klein at the St. Gallen symposium
Louis Klein is joining the 44th St. Gallen Symposium om May 8th and 9th in Switzerland. For the symposium each year the International Students' Committee of the University of St Gallen invites "The Leaders of Today" from the fields of management, politics and society to discuss topical issues with "The Leaders of Tomorrow", promising young academics in various working groups and plenary session. This year's overarching headline is "The Clash of Generations".
2. May 14 – SEgroup at the 16th IFSR-Conversation in Linz, Austria
At the 16th IFSR-Conversation which is organised by the International Federation for Systems Research from April 27th to May 2nd in Linz (Austria), Louis Klein is a member of conversation team number 6, which deals with Systems Research. A conversation is a collectively guided disciplined inquiry and an exploration of issues of social/societal significance. He will share his ideas on a Praxeology of Applied Research using the radical learning journey of the SEgroup as an example.
24. April 14 - SEgroup at the EMSCR-Kongress in Vienna
Louis Klein is chair of two workshops at the EMCSR-Congress "Civilisation at the Crossroads – Response and Responsibility of the Systems Sciences", which is taking place 22nd to 25th of April in Vienna. The workshop in Systemic Consulting deals with the paradigmatic turns of Systems Sciences. How are these shifts reflected in the disciplinary set of models, methods and instruments of systemic consulting? What are the trends? Where does the community of practice go? Klein also co-chairs the Systemic Project Management Workshop with Martina Huemann of the Project Management Group at Vienna University of Economics and Business.
16. April 14 – SEgroup at Action Learning Conference in Berkhamstead
Louis Klein is giving a presentation at the Action Learning Conference organised this week by the Ashridge Business School in Berkhamstead. He will discuss SEgroup’s achievements in creating a unity of research in practice, with practice feeding into research and research feeding into practice. The presentation will illustrate how concepts of action research and auto-ethnography have been used in change and organisational development projects.
3. April 14 Steve Raue on „Stories of Power and Identity Construction in Digitizing Workplaces“
Steve Raue explores how digitization in organizations affects power relations and identity constructions in the workplace in his upcoming article "Stories of Power and Identity Construction in Digitizing Workplaces". The article will be published in the collection of essays “Critical Narrative Inquiry – Storytelling, Sustainability and Power“ edited by Kenneth Mølbjerg Jørgensen and Carlos Largacha-Martinez. Steve Raue is particularly inspired by David Boje's work in antenarrative and storytelling, and goes beyond grand corporate narratives to explore living stories and antenarratives of employees who have to come to terms with their management's decision to go digital. The basis of the chapter is an ethnographic study conducted in the German public sector in 2010 in which staff were observed and interviewed about changing work practices.
26. March 14 – Louis Klein takes part in Globally Responsible Advisory and Consulting Workshop
Louis Klein is an active member of two workshops on Globally Responsible Advisory and Consulting (GRAC) which are part of the General Assembly of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI). The General Assembly convenes from March 24th to march 28th at Oulu in Finland. The session of the Consulting and Advisory Services Interest Group combines the Socialise-Your-Knowledge-Approach with an Open Space Forum to discuss and develop ideas on for ethically viable and economically sustainable leadership and business practices.
21. March 14 - SEgroup at the EMSCR-Congress in Vienna
A new paper by Louis Klein and Christian Weiland titled "In Search of Applied Research - The Radical Learning Journey of SEgroup" will be introduced at the EMCSR-Congress "Civilisation at the Crossroads – Response and Responsibility of the Systems Sciences", which is taking place 22nd to 25th of April in Vienna. The paper deals with the development of the SEgroup as an example of applied systemic practices.
13. March 14 – SEgroup launches Cross-Cultural Complex Project Management (CCCPM) Initiative
The SEgroup has just launched Cross-Cultural Complex Project Management (CCCPM) as a unique research endeavour and innovative PhD programme. CCCPM is a progressive research setting that aspires to address the challenges of project management in the context of cross-cultural complexity. This context requires new knowledge and an interwoven support network. Our team of young and advanced investigators from diverse cultural backgrounds and fields of social and cultural sciences is working on cutting edge research in order to find ways to face the challenges of the next society.
7. March 14 – New Research Note: Reflection-in-Action – Ways Out of the Culture Trap
In Louis Klein's new Reseach Note "Reflection-in-Action" denotes a theoretical toolbox of a wide variety of models, methods and instruments. "Reflection-in-action" also stands for treasure trove of practical experiences and learning stories which bear witness to failures and sucesses. By critical-pragmatic reasoning Klein shows a way out of the culture trap. The Research Note focusses on the improbability of human cooperation, but refrains from relying too heavily on behavioral or individual approaches. Read the Research Note in our library. (German Version)
27. February 14 - IPMA-Webinar Project Exellence Assessors Refreshment Training
Grzegorz Szalajko of the SEgroup and Pau Lian Staal-Ong are in charge of the upcoming Project Exellence Assessors Refreshment Training Webinar taking place on 15th March 2014. The webinar is offered free of charge by the International Project Management Association (IPMA). It is aimed at active assessors trained last time in 2011 and every active assessor who wants to refresh a knowledge about the assessment process and PE Model. You can find more information on the seminar and also register for the webinar at the IPMA-Website.
20. February 14 – SEgroup invited to the 16th IFSR-Conversation
Louis Klein has been invited to contribute to the 16th IFSR-Conversation which is organised by the International Federation for Systems Research from April 27th to May 2nd in Linz (Austria). He will be joining team number 6, which deals with Systems Research. A Conversation is a collectively guided disciplined inquiry and an exploration of issues of social/societal significance. Louis Klein will share his ideas on a Praxeology of Applied Research using the radical learning journey of the SEgroup as an example.
12. February 14 – New White Paper: Enabling Quality in Project Execution
A new paper by Grzegorz Szalajko, Grzegorz Dzwonnik, Louis Klein and Steve Raue further develops the concept of excellence in project management, based on the IPMA approach. The Project Management Excellence Model (PEM) aims to achieve a crucial balance between project execution and project quality. PEM facilitates this integration and supports broadening internal and external perspectives. PEM initiates a process of continuous improvement and innovation in project practice. Read the paper in our library.
5. February 14 – Entrepreneurical Systemic Change: Keynote of Louis Klein in Athens
Louis Klein is delivering one of the keynote speeches at the 10th Conference of the Hellenic Society for Systemic Studies. The conference takes place on May 29th and 30th in Athens, "Systemic Entrepreneurship – Innovation, Business, Growth" being this year’s overarching subject. Louis Klein talks about the Systemic Excellence Group’s "Radical Learning Journey" as an example of entrepreneurical systemic change.
10. December 13 - New publication: Notes on an Ecology of Paradigms
Louis Klein's paper "Thoughts on an Ecology of Paradigms" has been published in Systems Research and Behavioral Science. In his approach, he places a focus on practices and behaviors. He examines culture as a reference framework of mutually shared practices. This takes into account that, when it comes to role models, group membership or an individual's self-description in relation to his environment, an abundance of different paradigmatic attributions exist. This multiplicity can be seen on an individual, community, and even global scale.
Louis Klein also shows how this variety of forms leads to diverse cultures, ranging in manner from the competitive to the symbiotic. He develops a science of co-existence "ecology". It acts as a starting point for a rethinking of the further development of cooperation, mutual practice and social co-existence. Read an abstract in our library.
27. November 13 - The Praxeology of Applied Research in Auto-Ethnographical Research Settings
When your work becomes the object of your research project, an auto-ethnographic learning journey starts. Systematic reflection of the paradigmatic conditions and contexts of this situation will allow for continuous feedback and additional learning throughout the research. Research is a project and a process, which creates a specific self-referential learning loop in the case of project management research. The case study of the Systemic Excellence Group will illustrate such a radical learning journey, its frames, milestones and flow leading to understand the systemic contexts of co-creating praxeological research. In the end some learning can be derived for project management research in general, not only for auto-ethnographic research settings. Read the abstract in our library.
5. November 13 - Systemic Consulting: a paradigm walk
What good are systemic theories when it comes to consulting management practice? In their conversation, Todd Bowers and Louis Klein go for a systemic paradigm walk. Building on their research, they show how the four conventional paradigms of systemic thinking – functionalist, emancipatory/critical, interpretivist and postmodern – come into play in the three steps of change management and consulting projects: Exploring the landscape, drafting and sharpening the map and finding a way to engage people step by step. By mastering all paradigms in theory, you can develop a resilient practice, the competence to adapt to any given situation. Read the conversation in our library.
29. October 13 - Project Praxeology: A conversation with Christophe Bredillet
"Instead of theorising what a project is, it is what people actually do in specific situations and context that we may classify as projects". This is how Christophe Bredillet pinpoints the need we have for a paradigm shift towards knowing and performing projects in a praxeological manner. In an interview Christophe Bredillet describes projects as co-creative discourse living and accepting complexity. Read the Interview in our Library.
22. October 13 – „The organisation of human resources development“ new book by Louis Klein
Louis Klein’s new book "Die Organisation der Personalentwicklung. Entwicklung und Anwendung eines systemisch-kybernetischen Modells". "The organisation of human resources development. Developing and applying a systemic-kybernetic model" is a republication of his master's thesis. Since the book has been published in the 1990s not much seems to have changed in human resources development, Klein observes. His concept is based on Stafford Beer’s Viable System Model. The reader also meets old acquaintances like Heinz von Foerster, Umberto Maturana and, of course, Niklas Luhmann.
Further information on the book including the table of content and an excerpt can be found on the website of the Carl-Auer Verlag. Read an interview with Dr. Allenna Leonard discussing the relevance of the viable system model in our library.
9. October 13 - Präsentation at the "Critical Narrative Inquiry"-Workshop at Kozminski University
Louis Klein und Christian Weiland are introducing their Paper "In Search of a Praxeology of Applied Research - The radical learning journey of SEgroup" at the third "Critical Narrative Inquiry"-Workshop of the Center for Research on Organizations and Workplaces in Warzaw. The workshop takes place October 24th to 26th 2013 at Kozminski University in Poland's capital.
18. September 13 - Viable Systems Model Revisited: A conversation with Dr. Allenna Leonard
In a conversation with Dr. Louis Klein the renowned consultant and director of the Cwarel Isaf Institute, Dr. Allenna Leonard, explains why the VSM is still of great value if not used in a restrictive way. Combing the history of the development of the model and her own project experiences, Leonard shows how organisations can change towards a desirable state by being enabled to understand themselves and their environment. Read the interview in our library.
9. July 13 - New White Paper Draft: Breaking habits. A co-creative approach to organisational processes
Processes enable the repetition of a high quality output without total dependence on individual expertise. Very often we find that people in organisations are not aware of existing processes or do not use them because they find them to be unnecessarily complex. In their new White Paper Draft "Breaking habits: A co-creative approach to organisational processes" Brigitte Bauder and Christian Weiland argue that common approaches to process "engineering" are often missing that you cannot "build" a standard process which automatically increases productivity, but that a process should aim at supporting the individual people of an unique organisation in their own work and be integrated into the overall operation model. Read the text in our library.
30. May 13 - New White Paper Draft: Towards a Praxeology of Resilient Project Management
How can project managers benefit from existing theories by applying them in a contextual way? This question is dealt with in the new White Paper Draft "Towards a Praxeology of Resilient Project Management - A conceptual framework" by Christopher Biesenthal und Louis Klein. The authors' approach combines a solid theoretical knowledge base and improvisational practices to conceptualise a praxeology of project management. Read the text in our library.
24. May 13 - Louis Klein Keynote Speaker at the Danish Project Management Symposium
Louis Klein will deliver a Keynote at this year's Danish Project Management Symposium. He will elaborate on 'Meeting social complexity – a necessity for project management excellence', based on his long-term research and experience in Change Management projects. The symposium is organised by the Danish Project Management Association the official representative of the International Project Management Association (IPMA) in Denmark – and will be held in Copenhagen on 29 – 30 May. The 2013 theme is 'Change in Project Management'.
6. May 13 - New White Paper Draft: Critical Systemic Inquiry
So what use is any survey, interview or questionnaire to find out anything about people, organisations or social systems, if we take into account that people lie? Acknowledging this fact of life the success of a method like Systemic Inquiry (SI) seems to be fundamentally flawed. A new White Paper Draft by Louis Klein and Christian Weiland is looking at this substantial challenge to the recent advances in organisational development. This paper has been chosen for the forthcoming publication Molbjerg Jorgensen, K. & Largacha-Martinez, C. (Eds.). Critical Narrative Inquiry – ethics, sustainability and action, Nova Science Publishers. It is currently under peer review. Read the draft in our library.
29. Apr 13 - Louis Klein attends 43rd St. Gallen Symposium
Louis Klein has been invited to attend the 43rd St. Gallen Symposium in Switzerland on the 2nd and 3rd of May. For the internationally renowned event "The Leaders of Today" from the fields of management, politics and society gather each year to discuss topical issues with "The Leaders of Tomorrow", promising young academics. This year's topic is "Rewarding courage".
In 1992 Louis Klein took part in St. Gallen as a "Leader of Tomorrow", he was invited again in 1997. With its motto "Rewarding courage" this year's symposium advocates a responsible way of thinking and acting against the current.
18. Apr 13 - New Research Note: The next ERP - Organising for selfregulating social complexity
Enterprise resource planning has been a vast success for the last 20 years since the term ERP was coined in 1990. It is time for a next generation of ERP Systems. Louis Klein shows how advances in different fields enable the possibility to repeat the initial success of the first generation. Read the research note in our library.
13. April 13 - The Nepalese New Year-Bulletin
New Year's greetings from our office in Nepal's capital Kathmandu! In Nepal New Year is celebrated on the first day of the month Baisakh, mid-April according to the gregorian calender. In this bulletin we're pleased to feature a stimulating and thought-provoking conversation with the biologist Prof. Timothy F. H. Allen, who tackles the problem of "Management in times of austerity" from an unusal angle. In a second article, Dr. Louis Klein shares his "Thoughts on Resilience Managing Social Complexity". You can find the Bulletin here: SEgroup Bulletin II/2013.
11. Apr 13 - Louis Klein Redner Speaker at the Next Future Salon in Warschau
Dr. Louis Klein will give a speech about „Social Innovation“ at the Next Future Salon in Warsaw on April 17, 2013. The topic of social innovation, which the Salon is dedicated to, will be discussed by future global leaders from across Poland, to whom future, entrepreneurship, and responsibility really mean something.
As an exclusive club of future leaders the salon thus represents a laboratory focussing on handling global challenges, by bringing together alternative thinking, visions, passion and critical reflection in order to foster tangible social innovation projects.
The Salon is organised by the BMW Foundation and Unique Ideas, with the support of the European Academy of Diplomacy, the BMW Group Poland and Moët & Chandon. This years’ host is the Polish Business Roundtable Club.
18. Feb 13 - New White Paper Draft: The GRPI model – an approach for team development
Steve Raue, Suk-Han Tang, Christian Weiland and Claas Wenzlik have published a new draft of a White Paper. "The GRPI model – an approach for team development" discusses the GRPI model describing the different dimensions characterising a team - goals, roles, processes and interactions – as a useful approach for team development. Read the draft in our library.
11. Feb 13: The Chinese New Year-Bulletin
in the Chinese calendar, the year 2013 starts on February 10. As a transcultural organisation, SEgroup wants to join the festivities and welcomes all of you to the year of the snake. According to Chinese philosophy, the snake represents shrewdness and intelligence. We would like to use this first bulletin of 2013 to reflect on the last exciting cycle. We are reporting on a development project in Nepal which has received an IPMA-Award and sum up the first Berlin November Lectures discussing discourse analysis and auto-ethnography. Also, we introduce our latest publication.
You'll find the bulletin here: The Chinese New Year-Bulletin I/2013
2. Jan 13 - Publication in Kybernetes: The Three Inevitabilities of Human Being
The international journal Kybernetes has published Louis Klein's article "The Three Inevitabilities of Human Being: A Conceptual Hierarchy Model Approaching Social Complexity". Read the abstract in our library or get further information on how to purchase the whole article at the publisher's website.
24. Nov 12 - SEgroup-News: The Thanksgiving-Bulletin
Thanksgiving is a time for celebration and reflection after a bountiful harvest. Growth is also a topical subject at the SEgroup. We have several new offices and a number of new consortial partners. This bulletin brings you coprorate news and presents some of our current research on change.
You'll find the Bulletin here: Thanksgiving-Bulletin II/2012.
12. Sep. 12 - SEgroup at the IPMA World Congress
At the end of October, on the island of Crete, the SEgroup is going to present a research draft on "Social Complexity in Project Management" during the World Congress of the International Project Management Association (IPMA). It addresses the question of how an examination of social complexity can further develop and improve the performance of project management.
In his paper, Louis Klein illustrates how social complexity functions as an enrichment to project management. This occurs when political and cultural factors are not excluded, but considered along side other factors. As a consequence, social complexity should not be defined as a problem, but be perceived as an ally in project management.
10. Sep 12 - ICCPM Lille: New Thinking in Project Management
Together with Joana Bertholo of unscratchable.info and Violetta Pleshakova of Consciousness Coaching, Louis Klein and Steve Raue presented new perspectives on the topic of complex project management at the ICCPM Research and Innovation Seminar, in Lille, in August. They underscored their call for a new approach to complex projects by quoting Albert Einstein: "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results."
Because about half of all projects run over budget and, at the end, only one in eight projects will be classified as successful – according to current survey results - they called for a rethinking in project management. They named the inclusion of social complexity, with its cultural and political factors as well as social relationships and communication, a central research requirement. In their presentation, they also introduced innovative methods, such as systemic discourse analysis and crowdsourcing, as particular forms of cooperation.
7. Sep 12 - SICSS: New Perspectives on the Concept of Culture
In mid-August, Louis Klein presented an alternative perspective on the concept of culture in his paper "Thoughts on an Ecology of Paradigms", at the Shanghai International Conference on Social Science (SICSS). In his approach, he places a focus on practices and behaviors. He examines culture as a reference framework of mutually shared practices. This takes into account that, when it comes to role models, group membership or an individual's self-description in relation to his environment, an abundance of different paradigmatic attributions exist. This multiplicity can be seen on an individual, community, and even global scale.
Louis Klein also shows how this variety of forms leads to diverse cultures, ranging in manner from the competitive to the symbiotic. He develops a science of co-existence "ecology". It acts as a starting point for a rethinking of the further development of cooperation, mutual practice and social co-existence.
6. Sep 12 - Guest of SEgroup: Thomas Wong
Thomas Wong is currently a guest of SEgroup. He holds a bachelor's degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and IT engineering. These two fields of knowledge are combined in his work. His fields of research include protecting both physical and mental health. He employs Traditional Chinese Medicine, alternative medicine, and Buddhist meditation techniques.
Another area of his research is the development of hardware to display brain waves, electro-acupuncture meridians and a mapping of the human aura. At the same time, he is also involved in the development of data mining and strategy implementation software. On a methodical level, Thomas Wong uses modern system theory and older versions of systemic theories anchored in Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. He applies these methods in the most diverse areas - from medicine to management.
Thomas Wong regularly offers seminars on his research topics at the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) annual conferences. He is also the founder of the Ancient Balance Medicine Research and Education Foundation Fund and heads the TCM Clinic associated with it.
Louis Klein and Thomas Wong have co-authored a white paper entitled "Yin and Yang of Change - Systemic Efficacy in Change Management".