Embracing Organizational Flux

Fostering a Culture of Continuous Learning
Free Webinar
60 Minutes
Wednesday March 11, 2015 1:00 PM EDT

Organizational change has shifted from being an occasional occurrence to a continual ‘flux’, so much so that continuous improvement is considered the new normal.

Despite this new organizational reality, few organizations have mastered the art of engaging their workforce in a continually shifting environment. Instead of embracing the flux of continuous improvement, leaders are faced with resentment, resistance, or mere compliance from employees who need to adapt to changing demands and environments.

Is there a way to pursue continuous improvement with full employee buy-in and engagement throughout the journey? 

In this free, 60-minute webinar, Dr. Raver will describe the foundations of a continuous learning culture and the specific organizational practices and strategies that will foster employee engagement despite a continually shifting environment.

What will you learn?  This webinar will cover three main areas:

  • The organizational beliefs, values, practices, and support systems that form the foundation of a continuous learning culture
  • How to overcome resistance and foster greater openness to change
  • How to increase employees’ idea generation and translate these ideas to helpful organizational initiatives
Associate Professor & E. Marie Shantz Fellow in Organizational Behaviour

Dr. Raver is an Associate Professor and E. Marie Shantz Faculty Fellow in Organizational Behaviour at Smith School of Business, and is also cross-appointed to the Department of Psychology.  She is an authority on interpersonal relations and group processes at work, with a specific emphasis upon the ways in which employees support each other and build high-performance environments (e.g., helping, promoting learning) versus engage in counterproductive actions that undermine each other (e.g., harassment, bullying, relationship conflicts). Professor Raver's scholarship in this area has been internationally recognized through best paper awards from the Academy of Management and from the International Association of Conflict Management (IACM), and her work on these topics has been published in prestigious outlets including the Academy of Management Journal and the Academy of Management Review. A second area of Professor Raver's expertise pertains to workplace diversity and cultural differences, where her current focus is on the integration of diverse or dissimilar employees into work groups and organizations. Her work has also included cross-cultural investigations of conflict processes and societal control systems. Her scholarship in this domain has also earned awards, including the Outstanding Article Award from IACM, and has been published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Human Resource Management Review, and in several book chapters. Professor Raver has worked with a number of organizations from both the private and public sectors in the U.S. and Canada. She is also regularly invited to speak about building positive organizational cultures, teams, workplace harassment, conflict, and diversity to associations of academics, policy makers, and employees. Her work has been profiled in media outlets including The Globe & Mail, the National Post, and the Chicago Tribune.  Professor Raver teaches courses in human resource management, organizational behaviour, and group processes that span academic programs (Commerce, MBA, MSc, PhD). She is also actively involved in professional service, including serving on the Editorial Board of Negotiation and Conflict Management Journal and acting as an ad-hoc reviewer for numerous top-tier journals. Professor Raver completed her Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Maryland.

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