Upcoming Events

Spring 2019 RC Research & Practice Partner Cafes

The 2019 RC Research and Practice Partner Cafe schedule is available now! All monthly discussions of research and practice will now be a part of the RC Partner Cafe series. This Spring we will be offering one cafe per month, though we are very happy to provide access to our Zoom platform for partners to connect with one another outside of the cafes. The cafes will generally take place on the third Thursday of each month at either 10 am ET or 4 pm ET to accommodate different time zones. We will keep the cafe line open for an extra 30 minutes after the discussion for partners to remain on the line and continue the conversation or connect with one another. 

March Partner Cafe: Relational Coordination in Organizational Networks: Managing for Coordination and Equity

Thursday, March 21 at 10:00 - 11:00 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.


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)


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


Improving Work Processes Through Relational Coordination

April 12-13, 2019

Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts

Led by Marjorie Godfrey (The Dartmouth Institute Microsystem Academy) and Jody Hoffer Gittell (RCRC, Brandeis University)

This workshop will help you learn how to use the Relational Coordination (RC) Survey in interventions to improve work processes and collaboration across the continuum from small co-located work groups to virtual teams to whole organizations and inter-organizational consortia. With its three-part model including pre-work, a 1.5-day workshop and three follow up web sessions, the course will allow you to hit the ground running with assignments geared to your organization and sector followed by feedback from colleagues and faculty.  

Advanced Methods for Improving Relational Coordination: A Toolkit for Leaders and Facilitators

June 4-5, 2019

Kaiser Permanente Building, Portland, Oregon

Led by Diane Rawlins (InsideOut Consulting, LLC) and Anthony Suchman (Relationship Centered Healthcare)

This 1.5-day hands-on workshop offers practical methods for building the relationships, shared vision, system view and communication practices that are essential for successful collaboration at any level of scale: from individuals on a team to organizational consortia. Join us to learn how to improve performance by harnessing the power of Relational Coordination.

2019 POS Research Conference

Hosted by Center for Positive Organizations, University of Michigan

June 5-6, 2019

Ann Arbor, Michigan

This conference is designed to share and advance empirical and theoretical research in the field of Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS). This biennial gathering of scholars promotes research that inspires and enables leaders to build high-performing organizations that bring out the best in people. The 2019 POS Research Conference will take place on June 5-6, 2019, in Ann Arbor, Mich., and is presented by the Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan's Stephen M. Ross School of Business. 


Jody Hoffer Gittell Keynote at HEROFORUM19: Thriving Organizations

Save the Date: 2019 RCRC Roundtable

October 11-12, 2019

Catalyst HTI

Denver, Colorado

Save the date for the 9th Annual RCRC Roundtable - Evolving the Future: Toward a Science of Intentional Change - in Denver, Colorado on Friday & Saturday, October 11-12, 2019.  Registration coming soon!

Solving complex challenges often requires relational coordination across multiple entities, based on shared goals, shared knowledge and mutual respect. The 9th Annual RCRC Roundtable will showcase efforts where relational coordination across individuals, groups, organizations and sectors has contributed to the development of innovative solutions.