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    • 20 Oct 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom Webinar
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    Vaccinating Healthcare Supplychains Against Market Failure: The Case of Civica Rx

    Thursday, 20th October 9:00 am Eastern Time

    Carter Dredge & Stefan Scholtes

    Healthcare costs are out of control for three main reasons: an aging population, spiralling costs of innovations, and a systemic helplessness to commoditise essential healthcare products and services. This paper focuses on the latter, and specifically on healthcare supply chains that are dominated by oligopolistic suppliers and prone to market failure. A specific case in point is the generic drug industry, where supply is notoriously unreliable and price gauging is common, in extreme cases by more than a factor of 50. When prices are artificially capped, supply chains tend to concentrate even more, causing more frequent shortages. These market failures make healthcare unnecessarily expensive and reduce access to essential medicines, in particular for under-insured populations. 

    In this webinar, through our paper we demonstrate, by way of a case study, how health systems that are exposed to market failures in their supply chains can collaboratively disrupt the chain by injecting a new competitor – a healthcare utility - into the chain. This new business competes with the incumbent firms but is based on an alternative production model. Instead of maximising profits for its owners, a healthcare utility has no owners and is set up to maximize savings and access for its customers - the health systems at the end of the supply chain, who provide essential services to patients in their communities. A uniquely transparent governance structure makes it easy for health systems to join a healthcare utility and enables the rapid growth necessary to make the new business a viable force in the supply chain. This new entrant forces the incumbents to compete on consumer value and stability of supply rather than on investor premiums and scarcity.  

    Stefan Scholtes holds a degree in Industrial Engineering and a PhD in Economics from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany and has been a faculty member at the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School since 1996. His research focuses on the design and management of healthcare organizations and health system and on health service innovation. He is founding director of the Cambridge Centre for Health Leadership & Enterprise, Chair of the Board of the largest primary care practice in the East of England, and founding Department Editor of the Healthcare Management department at Management Science.

    Carter Dredge is the Senior Vice President & Lead Futurist of SSM Health—a large US-based integrated not-for-profit health system. Prior to becoming SSM Health’s Lead Futurist, Mr. Dredge served as Chief Transformation Officer and Chief Strategy Officer for SSM Health. He is the first American to be accepted into a specialized Business Doctorate program at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom specifically designed for senior executives that have built or lead major corporations, with the goal of creating new globally impactful management theories and organizations. Mr. Dredge currently serves on multiple boards, including Navitus Health Solutions, Lumicera Health Services, Civica Rx, CivicaScript, and Graphite Health, and co-leads the Healthcare Utility Initiative — an SSM Health partnership with the University of Cambridge Judge Business School.

    Prior to joining SSM Health, Mr. Dredge worked as an executive at Intermountain Healthcare. Mr. Dredge holds a bachelor’s degree in business management/corporate finance from Brigham Young University and a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Cornell University, where he also teaches a graduate-level course on alternative healthcare payment design. He has been recognized by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of the “Top 25 Innovators” in the United States and is a Fellow of the fifth class of the Aspen Institute Health Innovators Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

    Registration closes 19th October, 2022 at 10 am (eastern time)

        Hope you will be able to join us!

    • 27 Oct 2022
    • 9:00 AM (CDT)
    • 28 Oct 2022
    • 12:00 PM (CDT)

    ODC annual conference 2022

    Organizing for Novelty

    October 27th-28th 2022

    The Organizational Design Community is pleased to announce that the annual conference will be held virtually on October 27-28, 2002. The theme for this year’s conference is “Organizing for Novelty”. The co-organizers of the conference, Oliver Alexy and Isin Guler, have assembled a program that encompasses diverse approaches to issues of organizational design at the intersection of innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology. 

    Topics for this year's conference include:

    • Evolution, innovation, and org design | New insights on organizing for novelty
    • Organizing for novelty & novel ways of organizing | The view from practice
    • Experimentation | Novelty in, from, and like start-ups
    • Technology in organizations | What's next for innovation and organizing?

Past events

22 Sep 2022 Webinar: Research In Progress I-2022
16 Jun 2022 The Need for Speed: Designing Agility into the Most Complex Organizations
31 May 2022 Virtual Organization Design Community General Assembly for Members 2022
05 May 2022 ODC@10 Organizing for Good: "Organizing for the Future"
07 Apr 2022 ODC Webinar: "Data Driven Organization Design”
24 Mar 2022 ODC@10 Organizing for Good: "Designing Schools for Curiosity and Generosity"
10 Mar 2022 ODC@10 Organizing for Good: Designing Organizations for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
16 Dec 2021 ODC-UN Panel on Technology & Labor Markets
09 Dec 2021 Organizing for Decent Work and Economic Growth
25 Nov 2021 Webinar: Research In Progress III
18 Nov 2021 Organizing for Good: Breaking the tradeoffs: Climate change vs. energy, work, and growth
28 Oct 2021 Organization Design Community Annual Conference 2021
21 Oct 2021 Organizing for Good: Breaking the tradeoffs: Inequality remediation vs. growth
07 Oct 2021 Organizing for better Healthcare: Organizational Design and Resilience in the Context of Change
23 Sep 2021 Organizing for Good: Innovation within the UN Organizations
16 Sep 2021 Organizing for Good: Using Deep-Tech to Solve Grand Challenges
09 Sep 2021 Organizing for Good: ‘Establishing Partnerships for Global Societal Impact’
26 Aug 2021 Organizing for Good: ‘Designing Sustainable Communities’
05 Aug 2021 Virtual Organization Design Community Extraordinary General Meeting for Members 2021
29 Jul 2021 "Organization Design challenges in the Tech Sector: What’s coming up for the next decade”
10 Jun 2021 Networked, Scaled, and Agile – Can your company really be all three?
08 Jun 2021 Virtual Organization Design Community Annual General Meeting for Members 2021
06 May 2021 How self-organization works: Lessons from Bali
29 Apr 2021 ODC@10: Managing Organizational Change for Good II
22 Apr 2021 Webinar: Research In Progress II
08 Apr 2021 ODC@10: Managing Organizational Change for Good
25 Mar 2021 Webinar: Research In Progress
04 Mar 2021 Redesigning Organizations Systems of Organizing, Managing and Leading: The Indispensable Role of Honest Conversations
25 Feb 2021 Agent-based Models for Organization Design
11 Feb 2021 Organization Design Challenges in Indian Context
28 Jan 2021 "Designing Future Healthcare Systems"
14 Jan 2021 Experimental Methods for Organization Design Researchers
17 Dec 2020 Using AI to Build Theory
10 Dec 2020 Machine Learning: A Hands on Introduction
03 Dec 2020 "Organization Design and Power"
19 Nov 2020 Going way beyond “strategic design” – Implementing Organization Designs
12 Nov 2020 The Art of Scoping out an Organization Design Project
05 Nov 2020 Baldwin and Clark’s Design Rules I: Twenty years after
28 Oct 2020 Webinar on "Beneath the Surface of Less-Hierarchical Organizing"
22 Oct 2020 Studying Organizational Design using Qualitative Methods
15 Oct 2020 Webinar on "Mapping Complexity in Organizations"
30 Sep 2020 Webinar on “Unleashing the Power of Organizational Design for Cultural Transformation”
30 Jul 2020 Organization Design Community Annual Conference 2020
30 Jun 2020 Virtual Organization Design Community Annual General Meeting for Members 2020
11 Jun 2020 Webinar on “The Strategic Role of Middle Managers in Organizational Design”
29 Apr 2020 Webinar on “ Chaos Containment by Design: Survival for Chaotic Times”
26 Feb 2020 Webinar on “ Organizational Design & Development in the Age of Algorithms”
15 Jan 2020 Webinar on "The Four Big Reasons Organizational Design Project Fail"
21 Nov 2019 Webinar on "The Divergent Effects of Digitalization on Organizational Design"
16 Oct 2019 Webinar on "Designing for Agility"
09 Sep 2019 Webinar on "Global Organization Design"
11 Aug 2019 Organization Design Community Annual Conference 2019
11 Aug 2019 Organization Design Community Annual General Meeting for Members 2019
27 Jun 2019 Webinar on "How to Mobilize and Align Leaders Using Collaborative Design"
12 Aug 2018 ODC Annual Conference 2018
12 Aug 2018 Organizational Design Community Annual General Meeting for Members 2018
29 May 2018 Journal of Organization Design (JOD) conference
06 Aug 2017 ODC Annual Conference 2017
06 Aug 2017 Organizational Design Community Annual General Meeting for Members
07 Aug 2016 ODC Annual Conference 2016
07 Aug 2016 ODC Annual Meeting
10 Dec 2015 Conference Board - 11th Annual Organization Design and Diagnostics Conference
09 Aug 2015 ODC Annual Conference 2015
09 Aug 2015 ODC Annual Meeting 2015
03 Aug 2014 ODC Annual Meeting & Conference 2014
24 Mar 2014 Webinar on Activating the Global Operating Model for Growth
09 Dec 2013 Webinar on Designing Organizations for User Innovation
08 Aug 2013 ODC Annual Meeting & Conference 2013
01 Mar 2013 Webinar on Making Organization Design Knowledge Actionable
03 Aug 2012 The Inaugural ODC Conference 2012

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