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Organizing for Good

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Organizational Design Community (ODC) are pleased to announce the year long “Organizing for Good” campaign launching in April 2021.

The ODC came together a decade ago as a community of globally reputed researchers and practitioners in the field. This year they celebrate their tenth anniversary of founding by taking on an inspirational mission for the community - how can organization design thinking help achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)? The ODC is particularly excited to be tackling this mission in collaboration with the UNHCR- an agency whose mandate spans nearly all of the SDG’s.

Of course, management researchers and practitioners have already produced much excellent work that pertains to societal objectives such as those captured in the SDG’s. It’s a myth that management is all about corporations and the profit motive. It is about organizations, whatever their objectives might be. The “Organizing for Good” campaign aims to highlight, curate and stimulate research and practice in the area of organization design that can be useful to further the UN’s SDG’s.

Several track chairs from the ODC have already stepped up to lead webinars and social media campaigns. We hope you will join us in this year-long series of events- and bring your best ideas and energy to the discussions!

You can view our past webinar here 

Upcoming campaign events

    • 23 Sep 2021
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Zoom Webinar


    ODC@10 Organizing for Good 

    Innovation within the UN Organizations

    Thursday,September 23rd, 2021 at 1:30- 3:00 pm CET

    This webinar features an academia-practitioner dialogue on the topic of Innovation in the UN Organizations. To address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UN Organizations are facing multiple pressures to embrace innovation and transform rapidly. This presents unprecedented challenges to these organizations. First, academics will frame the debate by presenting their research results around the challenges and tensions of organizing innovation in different contexts. Then, practicing managers will share how they organize innovation in their purpose-driven organizations and what parallels can be drawn to different sectors. The practitioners will address questions around the major challenges of “organizing innovation,” organizational solutions that have been successfully implemented, and innovation priorities for the future.



    • Tina Ambos, University of Geneva
    • Julian Birkinshaw, London Business School
    • Nic Holden, Head of Digital Culture, Chief Digital Office, United Nations Development Program (UNDP). 
    • Corinne Momal-Vanian, Director at Kofi Annan Foundation, formerly Director of Conference Management, United Nations Office in Geneva
    • Markus Nordberg, Head of Resources Development in Development and Innovation at CERN IdeaSquare
    • Katherine Tatarinov, University of Geneva 

    Webinar is open to ALL. Non-members can register as "Guest"

    Post registration. You will receive a zoom link 24hrs prior to the webinar. 

        Hope you will be able to join us!

Tracks and track chairs

Steering committee for "Organizing for Good"

  • John Nielsen (UNCHR)
  • Phanish Puranam (INSEAD)
  • Børge Obel (Aarhus University and ODC)

Join us

Membership in the community is open to any individual, firm, organization or institution with an interest in advancing the knowledge and practice of organization design and who wish to support and enhance ODC's mission.


Contact us

Organizational Design Community
Co/Department of Management
Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University
Fuglesangs Alle 4
DK-8210 Aarhus V

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