6th World Conference - Toronto










 A Gathering of Thought Leaders in a Learning Environment 


There are no unmotivated people, only demotivating organizations

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Three Format Choices

  • Full Conference  Deep learning  July 20 to 25, 2017
  • Partial Conference  For the time-constrained  July 23 to 25
  • Executive Symposium The general manager's experience  July 24


Designing the Smarter Organization

Learn a science-based approach to designing and managing organizations, and see how it's done in real life.

Are you looking for a systems approach to designing and managing your organization, one that's supported by rock-solid evidence? Then consider this one-of-a-kind learning event that gives you a solid grounding in the science and practice of Global Organization Design, also known as Requisite Organization (RO).



Nearly all organizational dysfunction can be traced to poor structure and unclear accountabilities rather than deficient employees.  Fixing dysfunction, therefore, is a matter of fixing the system using science-based, Requisite principles.  Requisite Organization (RO) is the only total system model for organization design and managerial leadership.

This Global Organization Design Society world conference is the world's only public, professional development program in Requisite accountability and levels-based organization design and management.

Learn directly from executives who have successfully applied the principles to re-design their organizations and unleash their organization's potential by developing crystal clear management accountability, aligning compensation and employee capability to job complexity, and ensuring the proper number of organizational layers.

This development package promises to have a measurable impact on your organization and your personal effectiveness


Program / Schedule

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  • July 20  Dinner and opening clinic session  6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
  • July 21 -22  Breakfast: 7:30 am each day
    • Clinic sessions continue:  8:30 am – 5:00 pm each day
    • August 1 evening there is a work assignment
  • July 22  - Dinner and gathering in for those arriving for the next few days of conference.
  • July 23-25  Breakfast: 7:30 am each day
  • July 23  – Keynote, workshops and evening plenary 8:30 am – 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
  • July 24  – Plenary 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • July 25  -  Keynote, workshops, panels, and wine and cheese   8:30 am – 5:00 pm



BMO Financial Group Institute for Learning, 3550 Pharmacy Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M1W 3Z3

Major Conference Themes
General managers sharing their experiences in major organization re-designs from around the world– in the private, governmental, and non-profit sectors

Big Data and Organization Design:Technological innovation has long driven strategy. Now as rate of digital technological change increases exponentially, concurrent design of light and flexible structures are required to fully realize potential value. Thought leaders are preparing a mini-book of challenges and propositions to catalyze conference discussions.

IT, data management and analytics in Financial Services and Health Care– How to set newly designed functions at the right level of work complexity and to design effective lateral relationships Exploring complementary features of vertical and lateral designs with thought leaders in other major organization design approaches.

Effective design of not-for-profit, Common Good Organizations

Effective design of small and medium sized organizations


What Past Participants Said

  • "A rare conference experience indeed! Dialoguing with other executives and practitioners at the top of their fields. Lots of systems thinking."
  • " Learning in a sellingfree environment was refreshing."
  • " Your new professional development format is engaging and first class. You've gone from 90% lecture to putting the concepts into well-designed time-efficient E-learning so that our time together at the clinic could be focused on applying concepts."
  • " Generosity everywhere! I was amazed at the collegiality, trust and sharing the Society has developed in this professional community over the years. It was a privilege to join you. I invited one of your presenting CEOs to speak to my senior team and his time with us saved months of time."


Conference Schedule (Click here for more detail)

July 20
July 21
July 22
July 23
July 24
July 25

6:00 pm
Opening dinner and first session of professional development program

8:30 am to 5 pm
Track #1-Designing structure
Track 2 – Redesigning the HR function

- both run concurrently
8:30 am to 5pm
Track #1-Designing structure
Track 2 – 
- all run concurrently
8:30 am to 5 pm 
Deep Dive Workshops

8:30 am - 5 pm
Keynote and plenary w/ general managers sharing implementation projects
8:30 am to 5 pm
Keynote and workshops on current challenges & insights from current practice
Wine and cheese



Option 1. Full conference for deep learning

July 20 – July 25

This option begins with a 2.5 day clinic. You may choose one of two tracks:
Track 1. Applying concepts in effective design of structure, staffing, and accountabilities;
Track 2. Applying concepts to support managers in doing their work most effectively.
This option continues with three days of keynotes, plenaries, and workshops.

Option 2. Partial Conference (3 Days)

July 23, 24, & 25

The conference features keynotes, plenaries and concurrent workshops including presentations
by general managers from countries around the world who are applying these concepts.

Option 3. Executive Symposium

July 24

The learning doesn't stop when the conference ends. You will leave with ongoing access to an
online Learning Management System, featuring E-learning and reference materials donated by
the society's individual and corporate affiliates.
Optional distance coaching support is also available

Who Should Attend

Experienced practitioners of levels-based organization design can expect the same state-of-theart sharing of practice as in previous conferences.

Financial services and health care executives

CEOs and other senior leaders of small- and medium-sized businesses who want an effective short course in designing and managing their growing organizations

CEOs, senior managers, HR executives, and high potential individuals who need a metamodel for sustainable organization and leadership effectiveness.

General managers with accountability for implementing strategy

Vice Presidents of Human Resources tasked with building strategic capability in their own function and throughout the organization

High-potentials needing an in-depth understanding of complex organization dynamics and how to succeed in special project assignments

Senior management consultants who want a powerful short course in organization design and management and to align themselves with a global network of senior organization design practitioners to collaborate on major projects

Senior practitioners of complementary organization design approaches

Academics in organizational studies looking to include these concepts in their teaching, research and consulting



Before the event

Some thought leaders are writing a short book on major Big Data and Organization Design challenges and opportunities – to frame discussion at the conference.

For you to gain full benefit from your conference experience, it's best to review the E-learning modules on the Global Organization Design Society's web site which will provide you with a good conceptual overview of these organization design methods.

Participate in a teleconference and if you wish an online discussion forum moderated by clinic staff who are Senior Fellows of the Society.

After the event

One-year continued access to the GO Society's on-line professional development program including advanced recommended readings, videos, and on-line moderated discussion.

Invitation to become a Society affiliated organization design practitioner upon successful completion of the program and recommendation by a distance coach.


Learn how to:

  • Determine the optimal number of organizational layers
  • Establish clear roles, accountabilities, and authorities to build effective cross-functional relationships
  • Create a new business unit or separate company based on RO principles
  • Design robust project management structures to handle complexity
  • Improve the design and staffing of the Human Resources function and manage the careers of highpotential HR professionals
  • Exercise leadership that will help managers to become effective leaders and employees to use their full capabilities
  • Understand how to leverage all components of the complete system of management to ensure sustained organization and leadership effectivess


Who We Are

Global Organization Design Society

The Global Organization Design Society is a not-for-profit corporation serving business users, consultants, and academics world-wide who are interested in science-based management to improve organizational effectiveness. The society exists to:

Promote among existing users increased awareness, understanding, and skilled knowledge in applying concepts of Levels of Work Complexity, Levels of Human Capability, Accountability, and other concepts included in Requisite Organization and/or Stratified Systems Theory; and Promote among potential users of the methods, appreciation of the variety of uses, and benefits of science-based management and access to resources.


Companies that provide financial support

Anne Stephen, VP HR Torex Gold Resources Inc.

Consulting firms that provide financial support

A management consulting firm in Toronto
Terra Firma Consulting
Forrest and Company
AMG Consulting
Enhancer Consulting
The Working Journey
Quintave Consulting