RC Partner Cafes

All monthly discussions of research and practice will now be a part of the RC Partner Cafe series. The RC Cafe is not a typical webinar. Each month, RCRC partners come together virtually as a learning community of researchers and practitioners working on and studying organizational change. On RC Cafes, partners can present their work, lead a discussion about any topic of mutual interest or seek advice regarding a challenge they are facing with a specific initiative. Cafes are generally held on the third Thursday of each month unless otherwise noted and we rotate the time to provide convenient opportunities for partners in all time zones.

New this semester; we invite partners to stay on the call for 30 minutes after it ends to continue the conversation or share updates.

Propose a Discussion

Discussion leaders and presenters will continue to be added - please reach out to us if you have something to share about any of these topics! Interested in proposing a cafe topic? Email us at info@relationalcoordination.org.

The Agenda

A typical RC Partner Cafe follows the below agenda:

5 minutes: Welcome 

10 minutes: Brief check-in from each participant

40 minutes: Presentation and Discussion 

5 minutes: Wrap up

30 minutes: Optional partner networking

How to Join

Tanya Allain will send calendar invitations to all partners. All partners who wish to participate will need to register for the cafe. If you are not a partner but would like to join, please contact us, we are happy to allow you to join one cafe as a trial.

If you are not receiving the invitations and should be, please contact us at info@relationalcoordination.org.

Spring 2019 Research & Practice Partner Cafe Schedule

If you are an RCRC partner, view recordings of past RC Partner Cafes here.

March - Relational Coordination in Organizational Networks: Managing for Coordination and Equity

Thursday, March 21 at 10:00 am ET

Optional continued discussion time from 11 - 11:30 am ET

The fissured workplace is a growing reality, as shown by David Weil (Heller School, Brandeis University) in The Fissured Workplace.  As work is contracted out and dispersed across organizations, the link between frontline employees and the brand entity that captures value is weakened.  This results in downward pressure on wages for workers and a rising likelihood of safety violations. Although we think of this trend as happening in apparel, autos and other manufacturing industries, it also occurs in the healthcare sector as suggested by the disparity between hospital-based and home-based workers, and in the hotel sector where people working on-site but hired by outside contractors are increasingly exploited.  The fissured workplace thus creates challenges for equity - but also creates challenges for the coordination of work.

Does relational coordination as a framework and a practice to help us to understand and address equity and coordination challenges?  In this cafe we bring together several colleagues who are applying relational coordination to supply networks in multiple countries and sectors, to engage in this important conversation.

We welcome researchers and practitioners from all sectors, including healthcare, education, police/community relations, and construction.

Joining us will be

Vasilica Maria Margalina, Universidad Tecnica de Ambato (Ecuador) (footwear and apparel)
Dana Minbaeva, Copenhagen Business School (Denmark) (manufacturing)
John Paul Stephens, Case Western Reserve University (USA) (construction)
Facilitated by

Gabriela Corbera, Lead Strategist, Global Social Innovation, LLC (USA) (social entrepreneurship)

  • LOCATION: RCRC ZOOM ONLINE MEETING PLATFORM
  • COST: FREE AND AVAILABLE TO RCRC PARTNERS ONLY
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April - Supporting Change Teams in RC Change Initiatives

Thursday, April 18 at 4:00 pm ET

Optional continued discussion time from 5 - 5:30 pm ET

Presenters/Discussion Leaders: Julie Wilson (Institute for the Future of Learning, USA)

  • LOCATION: RCRC ZOOM ONLINE MEETING PLATFORM
  • COST: FREE AND AVAILABLE TO RCRC PARTNERS ONLY
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May - Assessing the Organizational Structures That Shape Relational Coordination

Thursday, May 16 at 10:00 am ET

Optional continued discussion time from 11 - 11:30 am ET

Presenters/Discussion Leaders: Jody Hoffer Gittell (Brandeis University, USA) and Jon Erik Børresen (Alaric, Norway)

  • LOCATION: RCRC ZOOM ONLINE MEETING PLATFORM
  • COST: FREE AND AVAILABLE TO RCRC PARTNERS ONLY
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