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Networks Leadership Symposium 2013 is Nov. 12-13

Interested in exploring the science and practice of inter-organizational networks? If you're a network leader, practitioner, decision maker, clinician, researcher, policy maker, or student interested in networks this symposium is a great opportunity for you to learn about the most current thinking and practice from experts in the field.

If networks are the answer, what is the question? Re-thinking Networks.

Royal Roads University, through the Centre for Health Leadership and Research, will be hosting the Networks Leadership Symposium on Nov. 12 and 13, 2013. 

This will be the sixth symposium held in Canada in the past 10years, and the second held at Royal Roads University (the previous symposium was in 2011).

Four themes will be explored in panel sessions this year:

  1. Should we be rethinking networks? Includes an overview of recent developments in the network field; what has changed in the field; and the value proposition of networks, including how to decide whether networks are the right organizational structure.
  2. What do we know about creating and managing networks? Includes an overview of the literature and practice around social responsibility and networks, collaborative governance, and network leadership and management from academic and practice perspectives.
  3. How do we know if networks are working? Includes an overview of how to evaluate whether networks are working at the network, partner, and community levels and what impact they are having. Also includes an overview and demonstration of a unique tool (PARTNER) for network analysis to evaluate and visually demonstrate how well a network is working over time.
  4. How do we sustain networks over time or wind them down? Includes an overview of the key factors that sustain networks once they have matured and the conditions under which they should be discontinued or transformed into another entity. Also includes the role of networks in creating, using and exchanging knowledge and the increasing role for virtual networks.

Symposium speakers:

  • Brint Milward PhD - Director of the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona. (Tucson, AZ)
  • Keith Provan PhD - McClelland Professor of Management at the University of Arizona. (Tucson, AZ)
  • Michael McGuire PhD - Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, International Scholar at Kyung Hee University, and Managing Editor of Public Administration Review. (Bloomington, IN)
  • Raymond Paquin PhD - Assistant Professor, Department of Management, John Molson School of Business at Concordia University (Montreal, QC)
  • Bill Tholl MA - Executive Director, Canadian Health Leadership Network (CHLNet) (Ottawa, ON)
  • Siv Vangen PhD - Head, Centre for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise at The Open University Business School (Milton Keynes, UK)
  • Danielle Varda PhD - Assistant Professor at the School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver, with a secondary appointment in the Colorado School of Public Health, Department of Health Systems, Management, and Policy. (Denver, CO)

Confirmed sponsors to date include the Institute for Health System Transformation and Sustainability, Royal Roads University, Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions, Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, University of Calgary Department of Community Health Sciences, and Fraser Health.

2013 symposium co-chairs are Ron Lindstrom, PhD, Director, Centre for Health Leadership and Research, Henri M. Toupin Research Fellow in Health Systems Leadership, and Professor, School of Leadership Studies, Royal Roads University (Victoria, BC), and Janice Popp, MSW, RSW, Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary (Calgary, AB).

For more information about the symposium and to register to attend, visit the Networks Leadership Symposium 2013 website!