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The Shifting Nature of Work and the Workplace:A Model for Engagement in Cross-Cultural Teams

  • 04 Feb 2016
  • 5:15 PM - 8:45 PM
  • Ontario Heritage Building, 10 Adelaide St. E. Birkbeck Room


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Date: Thursday, February 4th, 2016
Fee: Guests $75 (CAD) Early Bird by Oct. 7, $85 thereafter (CAD)
Location: Ontario Heritage Building, 10 Adelaide St. E., Birkbeck Rm.

Description: Guest Speaker: Lou Pike, Instructor, Human Resources Management/Organizational Behaviour, Ryerson University, Ted Rogers School of Management 

Toronto has one of the most culturally diverse populations of any city in the world and this is mirrored in our workplaces.  This diversity is expected to continue growing at a rapid rate.  As we launch into 2016 on the new theme of “The Shifting Nature of Work and the Workplace: What does it mean for OD? “, Lou Pike, an instructor at the Ryerson Business School and organizational consultant will share a model that effectively describes and represents engagement in cross-cultural teams.  Join us an equip yourself with the knowledge of a framework that is going to be essential for the success of organizations in this emerging work environment. 

If you hold the assumption that 'employee engagement' means motivation/job satisfaction/commitment to the organization, this workshop will show how our appraisal of employee's engagement is coloured by our perceptions.  Specifically, it will show how we are influenced by "the fundamental attribution error", which is the belief that an employee's behaviour reflects an 'internal' state; e.g. low motivation, lazy, doesn't take work seriously, poor work habits.  The focus of the workshop (it will be experiential to an extent) will show how our perceptions are impacted by our cultures.  It introduce a model for describing and comparing cultures and what happens when, in diverse workplaces or cross-cultural teams these cultural values bump up against one another.

Lou Pike is an instructor and organizational consultant who brings to the classroom many years of experience helping organizations, teams and individual employees achieve their maximum potential.  He is currently engaged in research on how the Baby Boom generation is experiencing middle age and preparing for old age.  Prior to embarking on a teaching career, Dr. Pike held senior management positions in the social services, health care and for-profit sectors after which he consulted to a broad range of Canadian organizations.  Lou holds a Doctorate in Educational Theory and a M. Ed., (Adult Education) from the University of Toronto, a M.A., (Philosophy) from the University of Calgary, and a B.A., Hunter College (City University of New York) of New York) 

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