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Aug 14, 2020

Adaptive Space: Shifting from Human Capital to Social Capital

To edge out the competition in today’s disruptive environment, you need to ensure that your company is agile―that it can respond to change instantly and effectively. Based on hundreds of interviews and multitudes of organizational network studies, this session will focus on how to position your company for today―and for the future―by enabling creativity, innovation, and novel ideas to flow freely among teams, across departments, and throughout the company. This presentation will showcase how the use of network analysis can enable organizations to better understand how different social arrangements can help to generate, incubate and scale ideas. Even in a virtual working environment.

Speaker Bio:

Michael Arena is the Vice President of Talent & Development at Amazon Web Services. He also serves as a faculty member in Penn’s Masters in Organizational Dynamics program and acts as a design thinking coach within the Stanford dSchool. He was recently nominated to the Thinkers50 Radar class of 2020 for his work on network roles in creating adaptive organizations and his research on networks won the 2017 Walker Prize from People + Strategy.

Prior to joining Amazon, Arena was the Chief Talent Officer for General Motors Corporation where he launched GM2020, a grass roots initiative designed to enable employees to positively disrupt the way they work, which was highlighted in Fast Company and Fortune Magazine. This initiative and others are highlighted in his book, Adaptive Space: How GM and Other Companies are Positively Disrupting Themselves and Transforming into Agile Organizations. Arena also spent two years as a visiting scientist with MIT’s Media Lab researching human networks and served as SVP of Leadership Development at Bank of America.


August 14
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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